Warmer weather might appeal to sun worshippers, but it's bad news for the furrier members of your family. Daily tick and flea checks are essential for dogs down under.
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An email from the Australian National Kennel Council (yes, Lifehacker has some unusual correspondents) points out that as summer approaches, regular tick and flea checks are vital to making sure your pet stays healthy. It's also important to avoid older folk myths about how to treat tick infestations, which can be fatal for many dogs. As ANKC spokesperson Dr Peter Higgins explains:
It is best to feel for a tick NOT look for one. If owners do find a tick NEVER apply metho or turps to the area as this will cause the tick to inject all its venom at once. Instead, remove it with a small pair of scissors and then get to to the vet ASAP.
For fleas, Higgins points out (as any responsible dog owner knows) that you also need to treat bedding and carpet to ensure that fleas don't continue breeding.