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Pest Prevention for Doodles: Summer Fun and Essential Tips for Battling Fleas and Ticks

Dear Doodle Family,

Summer is here, and that means more fun in the sun with our beloved Doodles! Whether it’s splashing in the pool, going on adventurous hikes, or just lounging in the backyard, this season is all about enjoying the great outdoors. However, along with all the joys of summer, we must be mindful of some pesky concerns—namely, fleas and ticks. Let’s make sure our furry friends stay happy and healthy all summer long with these essential tips.

Summer Fun and the Flea & Tick Challenge

With the warm weather, our Doodles are likely spending more time outside, exploring nature, and making new friends. While this is fantastic for their mental and physical health, it also increases the chances of encountering fleas and ticks. These tiny pests can hide in the lush, long hair of our Doodles, making it important to stay vigilant

Top Tips for a Pest-Free Summer

1. Regular and Thorough Combing: After a fun day outside, use a fine-toothed flea and tick comb to check your Doodle’s fur. Focus on areas like the neck, ears, and underbelly. Their long hair can hide these pests, so be thorough and diligent.

2. Routine Grooming: Regular grooming sessions are a must. Bathe your Doodle with flea and tick shampoos that are gentle on their skin and effective in keeping pests at bay. Natural ingredient-based shampoos are a great choice for frequent use.

3. Environmental Control: Keep your home and yard clean. Vacuum regularly and wash your Doodle’s bedding to prevent flea eggs and larvae from making themselves at home.

4. Topical Treatments and Collars: Consider using flea and tick prevention products such as topical treatments, oral medications, and collars. Look for options that use natural ingredients and are designed for long-haired breeds.
5. Flea and Tick Sprays: Sprays can add an extra layer of protection. Choose eco-friendly, non-toxic sprays to keep your Doodle safe and comfortable.

6. Tick Removal: If you spot a tick, use tweezers to carefully remove it. Grasp the tick close to the skin and pull straight out without crushing it to avoid spreading infections.

Innovative Solutions

One innovative product on the market is a microfiber mitt that removes ticks by gently grabbing them from your pet’s fur. This non-toxic, easy-to-use solution is perfect for keeping your Doodle safe during their summer adventures.

Retailers’ Role in Pest Prevention

Pet retailers are fantastic resources for advice on flea and tick prevention. They can guide you to the best products and methods for keeping your Doodle pest-free. Many stores also offer in-store prevention centers and grooming services for hands-on help.

Year-Round Protection

Veterinarians recommend year-round flea and tick prevention as these pests are now a concern beyond just the summer months. With more frequent pet travel, continuous protection is essential to keeping your furry friend healthy.


Summer is all about fun and frolic for our Doodles, but it’s important to stay vigilant against fleas and ticks. Regular grooming, environmental control, and effective prevention methods will ensure your Doodle stays happy, healthy, and pest-free.

Enjoy the summer sun, make wonderful memories, and let’s keep our Doodles safe from those pesky pests!

Warm, sunny regards,
Sherri Smeraglia

A Note from sherri

It's a Labor of Love for me

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through my blog. Every word penned here comes straight from my heart, as I aim to share with you the knowledge and insights I’ve gathered over the years. My deepest hope is that you find joy, inspiration, and perhaps a little bit of wisdom in these pages. Remember, this journey we’re on together is all about the love and connection we share with our furry friends. So, sit back, enjoy the read, and let’s continue to grow and learn in this beautiful adventure of companionship.

Warmest wishes,

Sherri Smeraglia