Lake Cou​ntry K9 to 5 LLC


An ongoing series of informational entries

Benefits To hiring A Dog Walker...

April 27th 2020 

Our Dog walking services provide benefits that help both owners and their dogs! Listed Below are Just some of the Benefits you will notice!

Daily Exercise & Health Benefits:

Dogs, such as the human counterparts, need regular and constant exercise to live long, happy lives. Many pets will acquire health problems that could easily be prevented with exercise! hiring a walker for a Mid day Walk is a great way to break up the day and make sure that your pup gets the exercise they need!

Mental Stimulation:

Dog walking not only gets your dogs out and exercising their body, but also the mind! Your pups will get to smell, see, feel and hear all types of arousing things when out on a walk. We often take their brief encounters and stimuli for granted, but these things can help build the socialization skills required for your dog to live a balanced life!

Behavior & Drain Excess Energy:

We have all heard the saying... "A tired dog, is a good dog" and For the most part that is the truth. Regular dog walking can help release pent up energy, resulting in a calmer happier pup. Frequently schedule dog walks will also reduce the chance of boredom, chewing, going potty inside, and other unwanted behaviors etc.

Potty Breaks:

Whether it is helping with potty training a new pup or an elderly dog that needs more frequent let outs throughout the day, Dog walking Services are a great way to break up the day and make it possible to avoid accidents inside!

Not all dog walkers are the same, so when hiring it is important to make sure to insist on a meet and greet and Ask as many questions as possible about their experience and how they run their services to be sure you have chosen the right person to care for your beloved animal.

Our Staff at Lake Country K9 to 5 LLC understands that not all dogs are the same; be it shy, anxious, slow or fast; whether it is focusing on burning some extra energy, making sure we get all the sniffing,potty breaks out or just an outing to break up a long day alone, We have the skills and knowledge to adjust our services to your dogs needs

 Tick Season

May 9th 2020

Is Your Pup Ready?

Its A Common Misconception that you only need to treat your dog(s) for fleas and ticks when the weather warms up... However As the sun begins to shine, your canine might spend more time outside, which increases his chances of bringing in unwanted guests. During the late spring and summer, tick season is at its peak. So it is important to take the necessary precautions to keep your pet protected from ticks and the harmful diseases they can spread.

How Do Dogs Get Ticks?

Dogs can get ticks from other dogs, pets and animals, and from playing outdoors. You may think your backyard is a safe space, but other animals like deer, raccoons and squirrels can easily make their way through your yard. As they hunt for food, they leave ticks and tick eggs behind. 

Dogs can also get ticks from people. Ticks love wooded and grassy areas. So after you go on a camping trip or go on a hike, it’s a good idea to check your clothing for ticks before entering your home. 

Are Ticks a Serious Problem?

It’s important to catch ticks on dogs early. Ticks on dogs not only cause your pet to itch, but they also spread diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so it is important to keep your pet protected. If not addressed, an infestation can drain your canine of enough blood to leave him anemic. Ticks should be removed within 24 hours of biting to drastically reduce the risk of infection. Below are five common ticks, their indigenous locations and the diseases they can potentially transmit:

  • Deer Tick (ixodes scapularis):
    • Commonly found in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwestern regions of the United States.
    • Transmit: Lyme disease and anaplasmosis
  • Western Black-Legged Tick (ixodes pacificus)
    • Commonly found throughout California, but it has also been found in other western states along the coast and inland, as well as in Canada.
    • Transmit: Lyme disease and anaplasmosis
  • American Dog Tick (demacentor variabilis)
    • Commonly found in most states east of the Rocky Mountains, California, Idaho and Washington, as well as Canada.
    • Transmit: Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Brown Dog Tick (rhipicephalus sanguineus)
    • Found throughout the United States and Canada, and is also likely to live indoors.
    • Transmit: Ehrlichiosis
  • Lone Star Tick (amblyomma americanum)
    • Commonly found in the middle-southern, central and southeastern regions of United States, as well as along the East Coast and in Canada.

Prevention Options for Tick Season

“The most reliable way to prevent parasites is through a year-round control program, tailored to the needs of each specific pet,” says Dr. Nold. “Tick bites can be prevented altogether by using a monthly parasite preventive provided by your veterinarian.” There are many different forms of dog flea and tick prevention that pet parents can choose from, including oral prevention, topical treatments, tick collars, tick sprays and tick shampoos.

Oral Prevention Options:

Oral flea and tick treatments are some of the most common options and are typically administered monthly for year-round protection. Oral medications are great options for killing the pests quickly, so they are usually recommended for dogs who already have ticks. Talk with your veterinarian to figure out which brand is right for your dog.

Topical Treatments:

Similar to oral prevention, topical flea and tick prevention is applied monthly to provide continuous protection throughout the year. It is usually applied between the shoulder blades onto the skin of the dog. It is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream and will kill fleas and ticks on contact.

flea and tick season

Onguard is a great topical treatment that kills all life stages of fleas and ticks on dogs. This long-lasting treatment uses fipronil and (S)-methoprene, which are two time-tested ingredients that are commonly used to control flea and ticks. Onguard is effective for 30 days and is an easy-to-apply, waterproof formula that will keep your pup protected from pests.

Tick Collars:

Tick collars are another option for flea and tick prevention that can be used for long-term protection. These collars are worn all the time and will act as repellents for fleas and ticks on dogs.

Tick Sprays:

Another way to address a tick infestation is with tick sprays. These sprays act as an added protective barrier against ticks and fleas and will keep your pup protected while they play in the yard or go for a walk. Vet’s Best Flea and Tick spray uses a plant-based blend of peppermint oil and clove oil extract to kill fleas, flea eggs and ticks on contact. It’s safe for use on dogs and puppies 12 weeks or older.

flea and tick season

Remember not to drench your dog in spray. A light spray over your dog’s entire coat is all that’s required. Make sure their coat is damp, but not dripping. When spraying for ticks, cover the legs, tail and stomach—but avoid the face, eyes and genitals. Massage the product into the coat until it reaches the skin.

Tick Shampoos:

When it comes to being prepared for tick season, it is always a good idea to have a flea and tick shampoo on hand. That way, if you notice ticks on your dog or are worried that he has been exposed to ticks out on a hike or in your yard, you can bathe him and eliminate any unwanted pests. Adams Plus Flea & Tick kills fleas and ticks, and uses oatmeal, coconut extract, lanolin and aloe to calm your dog’s damaged skin and keep their coat shiny.

flea and tick season

A tick problem can affect your entire household. Don’t let pesky ticks feed on your canine—arm yourself with the right tools to protect your furry friend throughout tick season.