Tick Prevention and Protection for Your Dog

Posted Jun 30, 2017 in News

Ticks can really put a damper on summer fun. They are obviously not good for your dog and can spread disease, but they also can be difficult to get rid of and out of your home. When it comes to ticks, prevention is clearly key. There are so many different ways to keep your dog safe and ticks away from them. Here are some of the many options to have a happier, healthier summer! 

Topical Options and Medication

There are many different types of tick preventatives that are topical and relatively easy to use. Spot on medication is easy to get from your vet or a pet store. They are a great option to easily apply and keep those nasty ticks away for up to a month. There are also sprays and powders that can be used to prevent and kill any ticks your dog may encounter. Powders require a little more time to apply. The powder is very fine, which can be easily inhaled, so be sure to rub slowly on your dogs skin, keeping it away from the face and eyes. This is also slightly more high maintenance than a spot medication, since you should apply it once a week. You can also put this powder in areas where your dog spends a lot of time, like their bed.

Sprays can quickly kill any ticks that may be on your pup already and will keep them protected. This is a good option for when you plan to spend time outside where there are a lot of ticks for a long period of time, such as a day trip in the woods. Before you put any of these on your pup, make sure you get your vets approval to avoid any skin reactions.

Oral Options

You can also choose a pill that you give your dog monthly to keep them protected. These are easy to use and work well at killing ticks and fleas. The pro of choosing an oral medication is that you do not have to deal with any of the negative effects a spot on or powder treatment may have, such as children or other pets accidentally ingesting it. 

Shampoos

Shampoos are another option to kill any of these parasites. The shampoo is made with ingredients that kill ticks immediately when you use it. While it is a cheap option, it is more time consuming, since you have to bathe your dog more frequently than maybe you normally would. You also need to go through this process every 2 weeks, rather than it being a monthly medication. 

Tick Dips

Another choice for keeping the ticks away is a tick dip. A dip is a concentrated chemical that you mix with water and then put on your dog’s fur. You do not rinse it off after, but instead just let it sit and do its work. Be careful, as it can be very strong and should not be used on animals under 4 months. Always consult your vet if you’re unsure on the safety of a product! 

Tick Collars

A tick collar is a great option to protect your dog’s head and neck. The collar transfers chemicals onto your dog and those chemicals will repel any ticks from coming onto your pup. Make sure there is enough space under the collar when you are getting this collar on your dog. Also make sure you trim any excess of the collar so they don’t chew on it. Be attentive to your dog to see if they are experiencing any discomfort or an allergic reaction.

Keep Your House and Lawn Tick Free

There are also many things you can do to prevent ticks that doesn’t involve your dog. One key item is to trim your lawn, bushes, and trees so the fleas and ticks do not congregate there and then spread to your dog. There are also yard sprays and treatments you can buy that keep the ticks away. Do your research on these products since many can be dangerous to animals or even humans. You can look into hiring an exterminator if you feel you aren’t qualified or if you have a really bad tick problem. 

Checking Your Pup 

To avoid issues or diseases, it is best to get the ticks off your dog ASAP. To ensure this happens, always check your dog for ticks after they have been out in wooded areas or playing in areas with ticks. Look all around their bodies, including in the ears, “armpits,” and the neck. If you find any, quickly remove it and be sure to get all of it out to avoid any illness. You also shouldn’t let your dog wander outside in places where they can get ticks too much, or you will have to be doing this routine constantly. During the times of the year where ticks are more common, be mindful of where your dog is spending time.

Overall, ticks can be a really frustrating and unpleasant experience for you and your dog. Prevention is key and with any of these techniques, you can have a great and healthy summer! 

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