It’s that time of year…the weather is warming up, the whole family is spending more time outside and if you’re like me, you’re starting to think a little more seriously about making sure your pet is flea and tick free. Most of you know that this is my first Spring with a pup in my home in quite some time and naturally, being the planner that I am, I’ve been thinking about how to keep him flea and tick free for quite a few months. However, now that we’re outside (in the woods) a lot of the time thanks to the weather finally warming up, every itch he scratches has me panicking. Every sideways glance he gives me and every jump or twitch he makes has me thinking that fleas and ticks have finally found him. That’s why I’ve been learning more about how to protect Ollie from fleas and ticks this Spring and all year round. I know that if he could talk, he’d tell me that he wants the best protection possible to ensure that whether he’s inside or out, he’s comfortable and healthy. So, armed with my newfound knowledge, I wanted to share with all you fellow pet mamas what you need to know about protecting your pet from fleas and ticks!
So, what does every pet parent need to know in order to keep their four legged friend flea and tick free? I’m going to break it down for you and take all the worry out of your life when it comes to protecting your pet. Here’s what you need to know.
Fleas and Ticks Happen
No matter where you live, it’s good to know that fleas and ticks happen. For me, living in the woods is a daily reminder of that and it tends to make me a little more aware of the fact that I need to check my whole family for fleas and ticks after we’ve been outside. I’ll be honest…since moving to the country, I’ve seen more ticks that I’m used to. I know they are out there. I know they can get on not only my dog but on my family as well. I used to think that finding a flea or a tick meant that I had failed in my human and dog parenting duties but I’ve since come to my senses and realized that no matter what I do, we’re going to come into contact with fleas and ticks…especially my itty, bitty pup who loves nothing more than to roll in the leaves. Now, instead of letting this make me feel like I’ve failed in my quest to keep my family safe, I’ve learned to use it as the motivation to choose the right treatment that ensures Ollie doesn’t have fleas and ticks that he can bring into our home.
It’s Never too Early to Treat
The first step I’ve learned in protecting your pet from fleas and ticks is that it’s never too early to treat. In fact, pets should be treated for fleas and ticks all year long. It’s easy to think that when it’s cold outside there isn’t a need to worry but that’s not necessarily true! Fleas and ticks can be present year round, even in colder climates, and can lay dormant for several months before hatching. That means that even during the cooler months when you think it’s totally cool for your pup to be outside without worry, you could actually be inviting unwelcome guests into your home! It’s recommended to treat your pet each month throughout the entire year to ensure they are truly protected! Now that you know that protecting your pet from fleas and ticks is a year-round task, let’s talk more about how to find the right flea and tick medication for them.
You Can Easily Find PetArmor at Your Local Walmart
For me, finding a convenient way to prevent fleas and ticks without having to visit the vet or specialty stores every time I need more is the key to successfully avoiding fleas and ticks. That’s why I love that I can stock up on PetArmor® Plus at my local Walmart!
These easy to find medication that’s located in the pet aisles at Walmart is not only the perfect way to prevent your pet from getting fleas and ticks but it can also be used to treat them for fleas and ticks that they may have already picked up. When used at directed, PetArmor® Plus can stop infestations and help prevent reinfestation.
The waterproof formula of this easy-to-apply flea and tick medication helps break the flea life cycle by killing flea eggs and larvae for up to 12 weeks as well as kills ticks that may transmit Lyme disease. It’s protection I can trust that ensures I don’t have to worry about fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks and chewing lice, meaning that when the kids curl up to Ollie, I know that the only thing he’s sharing with them is love.
So, now that you know that protecting your pet from fleas and ticks starts with purchasing PetArmor® Plus from Walmart, let’s talk a little more about how to choose the right PetArmor® Plus products and how to apply it.
Size, Age and Pet Type Matters
When considering what’s important in protecting your pet from fleas and ticks, it’s always good to remember that size, age and pet type matters. Here’s a few simple rules to keep in mind:
- Never use PetArmor® Plus for Dogs on cats (and vice versa)
- Never use PetArmor® Plus on dogs younger than eight (8) weeks old
- Never use PetArmor® Plus on dogs that weight less than four (4) pounds
I know it may sound silly but weight your dog! Yup, I mean it….grab that scale and pop your pooch on to ensure that you’re getting the correct PetArmor® Plus dosage and formula for them.
PetArmor® Plus comes in four different weight breaks (4 to 22 pounds, 23 to 44 pounds, 45 to 88 pounds and 89 to 132 pounds). Obviously Ollie falls into the lowest weight range but it was important for me to make sure that he actually meets the four pound mark before applying PetArmor® Plus to him! Once I had confirmed that he was big enough (he’s a whopping 4 and 1/2 pounds), I was able to purchase the correct formula. Then all I needed to do was apply it correctly to his little body.
Applying PetArmor Plus is Simple
Once you’ve purchased the right PetArmor® Plus product from Walmart for your pet, applying it is simple! You’re PetArmor® Plus product that’s eligible for a $3 Ibotta offer comes with 3 tubes of flea and tick medication. Simply snap the tubes apart so that you’ve got one ready to apply to your pet.
With the tube facing away from you and your pets faces, cut off the tip. Then invert the tube and apply the medication to the area on your dog’s back between their shoulder blades. We like to separate Ollie’s fur to really get the medication onto his skin. It’s a painless process that he doesn’t mind at all and we’ve got flea and tick protection for him in less than a minute.
Once the PetArmor® Plus has been applied correctly, you’re almost done protecting your pet from fleas and ticks.
Keep Your Pet Away from Other Pets and Children for 24 Hours After Application
After applying the PetArmor® Plus from Walmart, keep your pet away from other pets and children for 24 hours until the product is dry. After 24 hours, your pet is protected in the best possible way and can return to regular activity rolling around outside with the whole family!
For me, PetArmor® Plus helps me feel confident that I’m providing the best protection from fleas and ticks for Ollie which means that in addition to protecting him, I’m also protecting the rest of my family from critters that he could bring in with him after playing outside. I know that if Ollie could thank me, he would because by using PetArmor® Plus on him, I’m ensuring he’s always happy and comfortable in a way that convenient for me.
Now that you know everything you need to know about protecting your pet from fleas and ticks, it’s time to put it into action! Head to Walmart today to pick up your PetArmor® Plus for dogs or cats by using this $3 Ibotta offer.
Then follow my simple tips above and rest assured that protecting your pet from fleas and ticks has never been easier or more affordable!
Now tell me, why is finding convenient and affordable flea and tick medication for your pet important to you?