It is a problem that every dog owner will face at some point or another, and one that should be dealt with quickly to prevent problems for both dog and owner. Fleas can be a nuisance if the move from your dog to the soft furnishings of the home, not only can they survive for months without feeding but they can multiply at an alarming rate leading to an infestation. Ticks can carry diseases such as limes disease which can cause chronic illness and pain by those who are bitten by a tick carrying it.
For these very reasons, it is important to ensure your beloved dog remains tick and flea free. A dew simple steps can help keep your pooch as happy as can be and allow you to enjoy your time with him without worrying about becoming a mobile blood bank. The first thing to limiting the risk of fleas and ticks is to avoid walking your dog in any areas of long or overgrown grass. Fleas and ticks wait on the blades and as soon as they detect heat and carbon dioxide they will leap onto your pet and set up home.
A good anti flea and tick shampoo should be used at least once a fortnight to help destroy any larvae or eggs that have been laid on the skin. When shampooing, massage it firmly into the skin and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. Use a power shower or hose attachment to create a pressure wash to help remove any loose fleas and ticks.
A medication such as frontline will prove to be worth its weight in gold for preventing fleas and ticks. The medication penetrates the skin and will poison any parasites that feast on your dog’s blood. This has a multi-faceted approach as it not only kills fleas and ticks at the source but also prevents breeding and multiplying of hatchlings.
If your dog is an indoors dog, try to keep them separate from outdoors dogs. Dogs are social animals and all that close sniffing and jumping allows fleas and ticks to spread easily. If your dog has come into contact with an outdoors dog, thoroughly check them for fleas and ticks and use a good anti-flea powder just to be on the safe side.
It is important to check between the dog’s toes, inside the ears and under the leg joints for ticks. These are the areas they will usually take hold as they provide a warm and dark space with easy access to the blood supply. If you discover a tick, firmly grab it as close to the head as possible and pulling quickly and sharply. Wipe down the bit area with some betadine and give the dog a once over to make sure there are no more hiding away.