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Dogs Having Way Too Much Fun With Leaves

Posted October 19, 2015 in A Pet's Life

Fall is such a wonderful time of year. Apple picking, cider, corn mazes, foliage and of course – big piles of leaves! Even though dogs may be drawn to attractive leaf piles like this, it’s very important to be aware that tick season is still upon us, and ticks love to hang out in those piles of leaves. Here are some tips to keep your pet tick-free this fall:

  • Don’t let ticks cozy up. Eliminate their favorite environments, such as leaf and garden litter, where ticks can sometimes survive even into winter.
  • Check for ticks frequently.
  • Continue using tick control and repellent products, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors with your pet enjoying activities like hiking, camping, or hunting.
  • Ask your veterinarian about regular screening for tick-borne infections. (The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends screening annually for tick-borne infections.)

[Learn about tick disease in your area.]

Fortunately, as long as you’re aware of parasites, and ready to protect your dog, leaves can be what they should be; fun! Speaking of fun, check out the cutest videos of dogs having too much fun in piles of leaves!

1. Puppy pile-jumper!
This little Australian Shepherd can’t decide if he wants to jump in the leaves, run around the leaves or chase a stick – and we can’t decide which part is the cutest!

Video from @ruxin_and_finnick.

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Tori has more than 2 years of experience in the pet health industry and is junior editor of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team.

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