Dogs spend a lot of time outdoors running around, exercising, going to the bathroom or barking at a taunting squirrel. Unfortunately, fluffy rodents and birds aren’t the only things harassing your dog outside. Ticks start coming out in the spring and stay active long into summer. Instead of spending all your time divesting your dog of ticks that can cause a host of problems for them and you, here are a few tips to keep your pet tick free.
A tick spray is a topical application that leaves behind residual protection and kills live ticks. They work well between other methods of paralysis tick prevention for dogs. Sprays offer additional protection when taking your dog in wooded areas.
Many oral medications not only work to prevent ticks on your dogs, but they often also kill and prevent fleas. Both parasites cause problems for your dog. The pill format is often preferred for parents with small children or owners with other pets in the house. The pill doesn’t leave anything for other pets to lick off or children to rub their hands in.
The tick collar works by transferring the medicine to the area around the collar. Leave behind two fingers worth of space between the dog’s neck and the collar. This prevents it from moving all around or choking your dog. Prevent the dog getting a hold of the excess length by trimming it. This works most effective for the head and neck areas of the dog.
Tick shampoo allows you to wash the dog like normal while medication immediately kills ticks. The ingredients help kill ticks for about two weeks before the dog needs to be rewashed. If you are already washing your pet on that cycle, this can be an easy way to treat the parasites.
Available through pet retailers and your veterinarian, spot-on treatments require monthly application. The ingredients often come in a liquid formula that is applied to the back of the neck. Ensure the dog cannot lick the spot after application and for two hours afterward. Follow the directions on the label for warnings and instructions.
A tick dip combines water with a concentrated chemical that is then poured over the dog’s back or applied with a sponge. Follow all instructions carefully as the chemicals are strong. Avoid using on pregnant or nursing dogs or those under four months unless directed by a vet.
Regularly checking the dog for ticks can help you keep them under control. If a spot gets missed, a tick can sneak in and latch on to the dog’s fur or skin. Areas of concern include between the legs, toes, deep in the fur, around the neck and inside their ears. These warm places are inviting for ticks. Be sure to carefully remove all the tick parts removed.
Tick powders are a topical application that repels and kill ticks. Use with care to avoid getting into the dog’s nose, eyes, and mouth. During peak season, expect to apply weekly.
Sometimes it may be best to keep the dog inside as much as possible during the height of tick season. They are still exposed when they go outside to walk or do their business. The less exposure they have, the lower the risk of having a tick.
Home and Lawn Treatment
An effective way to prevent ticks and other parasites is by treating the home and lawn with pet-friendly pesticides. Treating the home and lawn prevents babies from growing and maturing, kills adults and keeps the family safe.
These tips help prevent ticks from latching onto your dog. A tick-free season keeps them healthy and enjoying the warmth of the sun.