Not only are ticks disgusting, but they can also be very dangerous. Ticks spread disease and, the longer they go unchecked, the more likely they are to transmit a disease to your dog. That means it’s important to stay vigilant and keep our canine companions tick-free.
Prevention is critical
The best method for keeping your dog safe from ticks is by ensuring they never get them at all. There are several different safe ways to keep your dog free from ticks; talk to your vet about the best method for your dog’s behavior and lifestyle.
Topical treatments are highly effective and can last for several months. Oral medications and flea collars can provide the same type of protection. Again, consult with a trusted veterinarian about possible side effects and interactions with other medications, and work with them to pick out the best option for your dog.
Check problem spots
If your dog does spend some time outside, especially in an area that is relatively new, you will probably want to do a quick check for ticks. Run your hands over your dog’s skin and pay attention to any small, hard bumps. If you feel one, part the fur and look for a tick attached to the skin. Pay especially close attention to problem spots on your dog: under the collar, near the tail, in the front and back armpit areas, around the ears and face, and between the toes. Ticks love warm, isolated spots, so pay careful attention to any area on a dog where they could feed undisturbed.
Treat multiple animals at the same time
If you have more than one animal that is spending out time outside, you’ll want to make sure that you treat them both around the same time. If you don’t, there’s a chance that tick (and flea) prevention could be wearing off on one, giving pests a safe haven on a recently-treated animal. If you treat all your animals at once, there will be nowhere safe for pests to survive in your home.
Take care of your environment
We mentioned that prevention is key - that doesn’t just apply to your actual dogs! Do a little bit of landscaping work and make your yard a place where you’ll not have to worry about pests.
Keep your yard mowed and branches trimmed down. Ticks like to hide in tall grass or in overhanging branches so they can drop onto their targets. In your house, make sure to vacuum regularly and wash your dog’s bedding - make it inhospitable to pests, and better for your allergies. Finally, in areas with heavy tick problems, consider a lawn treatment. There are several that are safe for pets that will kill or drive away pests, giving you peace of mind.
Keep your dog comfortable and healthy and keep your home pest-free by regularly checking for ticks. In addition, keep a cleaner like Bio-nihilator on hand to help clean up if there any accidents inside the house.