Senior Care in Ridgefield CT
Warmer weather means finally getting to get out and enjoy time outside, but if a furry friend is a part of your senior care journey with your aging parent it can also mean fleas and ticks. These pests are not just irritating for your parent's pet. They can also be dangerous for your parent and any other humans that may come into contact with the animal when infested.
Both fleas and ticks carry a variety of diseases that can be potentially dangerous to both animals and people. They can also leave itchy bites that might make your parent scratch, leaving their skin vulnerable to infection and open to allowing germs and bacteria in. It is important to know how to handle these pests both on and off a pet so that you can best protect your loved one and their furry companion while also enjoying the fun of the warmer weather.
Use these tips to help you deal with ticks and fleas safely throughout the warmer weather seasons:
• Check carefully. Any time you go outside, check both animals and humans very carefully for hitchhikers. After coming inside remove all clothing and check all areas, especially warm, dark areas, that may be the perfect harboring ground for ticks. Check pets all over, being sure to move thick fur aside until you can see their skin.
• Remove carefully. If you do find a tick, remove it immediately. Do not fall into the trap of the old wisdom of letting the tick work itself out of the skin. The longer the tick is embedded in the skin, the more of a chance that you, your parent, or the pet has of contracting a serious illness or infection. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible with tweezers and lift directly up. Wash the area with rubbing alcohol and apply an antibacterial cream to protect against infection until the site heals.
• Handle fleas aggressively. Just a couple of fleas can multiply into thousands very quickly, so you want to address any flea infestation as quickly as possible. Treat all areas of the home by vacuuming thoroughly, using a steam cleaner, and applying a household flea spray. Be sure to bathe the pet carefully a few times to remove the fleas and eggs, and then use a preventative to keep them from coming back. This homemade flea and tick shampoo does not contain any harsh ingredients so it is perfect for us on young, elderly, and sensitive dogs. Keep it on the dogs fur for 5 minutes before rinsing.
What You Will Need
- 1 quart of warm water
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of sensitive skin dish soap
- A large bowl
- An empty and clean squeeze bottle (shampoo bottles are best)
- 4 ounces of glycerin (usually found at local pharmacies)
- A plastic funnel
What to Do
- In a large bowl, add the water, dish soap and vinegar together
- Mix the water with the ingredients by hand for a moment to get them well mixed
- Add the glycerin to the water
- Place the funnel in the open shampoo bottle, sitting in a sink or a tub (or anywhere splashing would be ok)
- Carefully pour the shampoo mix from the bowl to the bottle through the funnel, making sure to spill as little as possible
- When the bowl is empty, close the top of the shampoo bottle
- Shake the bottle vigorously to get the glycerin mixed in
- Apply like a normal shampoo
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Ridgefield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.