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Summer is a great time for you and your dog.

He can play outside in the park, roll in the sand at the beach, and go for hikes on the trails—but it’s also the time of year that bugs will pester your pet. There are many bothersome bugs that can make life miserable, but here's how you can help prevent bites and infestation.


These horrible little pests can make life unbearable for your family as well. There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, and you can be sure that if your dog has fleas, you’ll be itching too. While fleas primarily make you itch, they can cause dermatitis, transfer tapeworms, and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they've fed on an infected rodent. There are plenty of products out there to keep these tiny critters at bay, and sometimes you will have to try more than one remedy before you find the one that works for your pet.


Ticks love dogs. The American dog tick is the most common pest you will find burrowing into your dog’s skin. Ticks are known to carry serious diseases such as Lyme disease and cause "tick paralysis" in animals, so it’s important to check your dog thoroughly when he comes in from playing in the brush. You can use shampoos weekly and monthly topicals.


You can smell your dog well before he comes in the house after going head-to-head with a skunk. You'll want to keep your pet outside following the encounter, and try washing him in a recipe of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and liquid dishwashing soap to de-skunk your dog.

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