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Summer is almost here, and many of us are thinking about what fun outdoor activities we can squeeze into our already busy lives. For many of us, heading to the beach, park, woods or even a neighbor’s cookout would be unthinkable without including at least one furry companion. If that sounds like you, you probably already have a strategy in mind for controlling fleas, ticks and other parasites. But what if your pet’s lifestyle doesn’t involve much time in the great outdoors? Should you still worry about parasites? The short answer is yes, because many parasites can become problems even for pets who rarely venture outside. Consider:
So why should you care about parasites if you already take excellent care of your pet? First, be proud of yourself for doing a good job looking out for your companion, but understand that parasites are everywhere, and, although we have products to control them, we still have to be vigilant. That means checking your pet (and yourself) for ticks after being outside, scheduling regular veterinary wellness visits that include fecal testing, and continuing the year-round use of safe and effective products that control dangerous parasites.
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