NAFA Works to Keep Your Pet Safe

July 14, 2007 - Posted at 2:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO-"We've been doctoring her for fleas, but we don't seem to get them off very good," said Joann Broom of Jonesboro.

Therefore, dozens rolled into Northeast Arkansans For Animals' free shot and dip clinic Saturday.

"They have been the worst that I have seen them. There has been a plethora of fleas and ticks. We didn't have a very cold winter, therefore the fleas and ticks bedded up and when it started to get warm they came out and mated and started to cover everybody," said Wannda Turner of NAFA.

In the process of covering your animal, these pests often spread diseases that could be harmful to your pet's health.

"Fleas and ticks can cause so many problems. Fleas can cause a dog to absolutely be white with anemia. There are many tick-born diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lime Disease," said Turner.

However, with a little splishing and splashing, fleas and ticks were cut short of causing health problems for many fun loving animals.

"This is a good start. This is not the only thing people need to do, but this is a good start to get your animal free of them. Then you need to start working on controlling it afterwards," said Turner.

Northeast Arkansans For Animals says with the sever flea and tick season, there are some things you can do between dip treatments to protect your furry friend.

"You need to treat the environment, as much as you need to treat the animal. You need to treat your yard and your household. You can use a powder on the floor and vacuum it up. There are products you can put in your yard that will cut back on the fleas and the ticks and some even help with the mosquitoes," said Turner.

And the mosquito is just another pest, threatening the health of your pet.

"It's really important that people watch their dogs as far as mosquitoes are concerned. People think just because their dog is inside it can't get heartworm. There are mosquitoes inside and it only takes one mosquito bite," said Turner.

NAFA suggests products like Advantage and Frontline for long term flea and tick treatment, and reminds everyone that flea and tick season won't come to a close until around November.

Their next free shot and dip clinic will be on August 11th at thier location on Dan Avenue in Jonesboro.

For more information contact NAFA at 932-1955.

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