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Here’s three easy steps to help you battle fleas this summer.

1) Treat your pet with a spot-on, collar, or spray. Frontline, Advantage, Adams, Bio-Spot, Sentry, and DeFlea all offer effective treatment options. However, when using a spot-on treatment remember NOT to use a regular detergent shampoo. Instead, use shampoos that won’t wash off a spot-on treatment, such as those offered by Bio-Groom and Tropiclean.

2) Treat your house using a carpet spray, powder, or fogger with an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). Remember that fleas bite your pet and then lay eggs in carpet and bedding. Using a proper treatment schedule, you can kill the fleas in the egg and larval stages first, and then attack them 7-10 days later to ensure that none make it past the cocoon stage.

3) Treat your yard to prevent your pet from re-acquiring fleas! Most spot-on treatments take 7 -12 hours to kill the flea, so if your yard is untreated, you may see “new” fleas on your pet even after treating them. Lawn insecticide granules, such as Hi-Yield Turf Ranger or Bifen L/P, are good to put on your lawn or around your house and should be applied monthly during flea season.  BL

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Q: My 7 month old dog is fine when he sleeps in the crate at night, but he seems to get really upset whenever I leave him at home alone. I started a new job recently. He’s accustomed to his crate and I always leave a food stuffed Kong toy in the crate with him. He is clean in his crate, however, I find chewed pieces off of his blanket when I get home from work and I hear him whining and barking as I lock the door and leave for work. This really has me worried. Am I being cruel to my dog?

A: Be sure that the pup has had adequate exercise every day and ample chances to eliminate outdoors before you put him in the crate and go to work. Remember that a dog is a den animal. Dogs in nature seek out enclosed spaces to feel safe and happy. The use of an appropriate crate, such as Precision Pet’s Great Crate, may protect your pup from harming both himself and your house. It may also help him build a sense of security and calmness when you are away from home.

I’d stop using any bedding for awhile until the dog matures and his anxiety issues are dealt with. Continue using a Kong toy with food inside. Try leaving one of your favorite house slippers near his crate so he has your scent near him. If possible, surprise him occasionally by coming home on your lunch break.

Most importantly, many dog owners have success calming their anxious pups using Dog Appeasing Pheromone products (DAP), which are available in a collar-mounted dispenser, such as Sergeant’s Pheromone Collar, and in a plug-in diffuser, such as Farnam’s Comfort Zone. Remember that the dog relies on his nose more that any other sense organ.

Finally, make your goodbyes brief and be calm and relaxed when greeting the dog when your return in the evening. Your pup is likely to adjust to your new schedule fairly quickly.  CK

Can you believe it? Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: the kids are home from school, people in the Ozarks are enjoying the great outdoors, and it’s almost time for that action-packed vacation! At All Pet Supplies, we know summer means that you’re “on-the-go,” so we’ve put together a list of travel tips that will help keep your pets involved in all your summer activities.

• Be sure your pet wears it identification tag at all times, even in town! In many places, you can be fined if your pet gets picked up without its tags.
• Keep your pet tethered in public places, especially when you are around people and places your pet doesn’t know!
• Never, under any circumstances, leave your pets unattended in the car.
• Make sure your lodging choices accept pets, and find out if there are any restrictions (pet must be kept confined in a crate, and so on)
• Before purchasing a pet carrier for air travel, check with the airline about its carrier regulations! This will ensure no surprises and no delays.
• Purchase your carrier a few weeks before a trip to allow your pet to get used to it.
• Get a note from your veterinarian – signed no more than 10 days before the trip – stating that your pet is in good health and that it is up-to-date on immunizations.
• Always feed your pet a light meal a couple of hours before traveling.
• Don’t forget to bring along any favorite toy or blanket to help your pet feel secure!    JG

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Are you ready for the next quarterly installment of The All PET Gazette?  It’s HERE, online and in stores.  Keep your eyes peeled over the summer for new, money-saving coupons, plus great tips on dealing with fleas and ticks, as well as travelling with pets and.. well.. not travelling with pets (pet anxiety)!   Also, be sure to keep checking our Events Calendar, where we’ll let you know what kind of fun pet and family activities are going on around our stores and our communities.   So sit.  Stay!  It’s gonna be a fun summer!  APG

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