How to protect your pooch from pests this spring
Spring is a glorious time for pet owners - the sunny beach walks, the long strolls around the park, and no more rude awakenings for those cold winter outings. However, at Pooky & Boo we know the sunny seasons also bring their problems for pets and their human companions. Yes, we’re talking about pests - the downside to Perth’s warmer weather. No doubt your dog loves roaming around in the fresh flowers and spring foliage, but being out in the open (and warmer) environment means they are also at risk of picking up ticks and fleas. This doesn’t mean you should stop your pooch from enjoying the great outdoors, but there are several steps you can follow to ensure your beloved pup is protected from pests this spring.
Check your pet for fleas
It may sound simple, but the easiest way to ensure your pet isn’t hosting spring’s pesky critters is to check their fur for signs of ticks or fleas. If your pup seems to be scratching more than usual, you should inspect their coat and skin for any hidden burrowers. If you have an eye for detail, you may even be able to spot the pests jumping around in your dog’s fur. The earlier you catch the problem, the less likely your pooch will suffer from further issues and discomfort.
Pest-proof your interiors
Fleas are sneaky critters. Once they manage to hitch-hike a ride into your home, they often have a habit of hiding in carpets and furniture. If you suspect your pup may have come in contact with flea-infested friends, it’s important to pest-proof your interiors by regularly vacuuming carpets and washing any throws or dog beds. After all, who doesn’t love a bit of spring cleaning! Pooky & Boo’s designer dog beds are made from anti-microbial and anti-bacterial fabrics to inhibit the growth of odor-causing microbes and help keep your pet homewares fresher between cleans.
It’s not just your interiors that are in need of a clean during the warmer weather. Pests also like to hide in the flowers and foliage, so it’s important that you keep outdoor areas well-maintained as well. If your pet likes to roam about in the backyard, make sure any overgrown trees and bushes are trimmed and treated to reduce the chances of an unwanted infestation.
Elevated dog bowls
Just as your pooch loves their tasty treats, pests such as ants and cockroaches are also partial to one or two doggy snacks. A great way to avoid these unwanted dinner guests is to buy an elevated dog bowl that doesn’t provide easy access to your dog’s food. Pooky & Boo retail handmade timber dog bowls with removable steel bowls that provide an ideal dining area for dogs looking to enjoy their meal for one.
There’s no better way to ensure your dog remains healthy and happy this spring than by regularly grooming your pup to fend off those unwelcome pests. Shampooing and combing your dog’s fur is a great way to detect or remove unwanted guests whilst pampering your pup along the way. Specialised shampoos and flea treatments will usually be available at your local shop, but be sure to ask your vet if in doubt.
Pamper your pet with Pooky & Boo homewares
At Pooky & Boo, we know how important your pet is to you and your home. This is why we designed our pet homewares with both comfort and style in mind. Handcrafted in WA, our designer dog bowls and luxury dog beds are made from only the highest quality materials to guarantee maximum cosiness and durability. Inspired by contemporary colours and styles, Pooky & Boo homewares ensure your interiors remain on trend whilst giving your pup the comfort and care they deserve.