Nobody likes seeing, or worse yet, removing those pesky ticks and fleas from their dogs’ coat and skin. Not only are they repelling to look at, but they are sometimes also difficult to detach from your dog and, if they are left there for too long, can lead to an array of different illnesses that may compromise your dog’s health. So how can you prevent these unwanted bugs from your dog? Check out the following tips to fend ticks off before harming your pet:
1) Tick Shampoo
Washing your dog’s coat with a medicated tick shampoo will considerably reduce the chances of getting ticks and will also kill any existing ones already living within your pet’s fur. Tick shampoos tend to be rather inexpensive, and can be found at your local pet store or online.
2) Tick Collars
This alternative method of preventing ticks may no be as efficient as others, seeing as these tick-preventing collars mainly aid your dog’s neck and face. These collars repel ticks in the aforementioned areas, but need to be in contact with your dog’s skin in order to function properly. You should be able to fit two fingers comfortably between the collar and your dog’s skin, and take notice of your dog’s reaction as some dogs can have allergic reactions to these.
3) Topical Medications
Topical medications in the market for repelling unwanted ticks vary from powders and ointments to sprays, and, if used correctly, can aid to prevent any further ticks from bothering you and your dog. Before applying any topical medication, make sure to correctly read the label and to keep them away from your dog’s eyes, as they could cause irritation.
4) Treat Your Lawn
Ticks tend to live and breed in untreated shrubs, trees, and bushes. Regularly trimming these and overall tending and treating your lawn can significantly reduce bot the amount of ticks as well as any potential illness on behalf of them. There are also numerous different products out there to reduce ticks in your lawn, such as yard sprays and/or repellants. In extreme cases, you may need to call in an exterminator to eliminate them.
Last, but not least:
5) Check Your Dog Regularly
Try to check your dog’s fur and skin regularly for ticks, as these may be hard to spot and could be easily hidden to the naked eye. Look carefully even in inconspicuous areas, including, but not limited to, your dog’s ears, between their toes, and their necks. If you do find any ticks, remove them carefully as soon as possible as you could be preventing an ailment from developing.