While ticks are primarily irritating for your dog, they can be downright dangerous for you as well. Ticks can transmit serious diseases and infections, including babesiosis, Lyme’s disease, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. If your dog spends time outside or around other pups, there is a risk of getting ticks. However, there are simple ways that you can help prevent ticks from hitching a ride on your pooch.
One of the most popular ways to kill or repel ticks comes in the form of a chewable or applicable medicine. There are several tick preventatives on the market that are available through your vet or over the counter. Some medicines are given orally, and others are a liquid that is applied to the skin. There are pros and cons to each brand, so it is crucial that you discuss your options with your vet before use.
A tick collar works by releasing a small amount of repellant chemicals around your dog’s neck. The collar should be tight enough that he would be unable to chew or place the collar in their mouth. In addition to the repellant tick collar, you should also use medicine that specializes in killing any ticks that may bite your dog, as the collar isn’t the most effective if they latch on the legs or tail.
If your dog spends quite a bit of time outside, it is vital that you complete a regular flea check. If he has long fur, it may be easier to keep it trimmed to make ticks more visible. Most tick-borne diseases only are transmitted if the tick is latched for more than 24 hours, so it is important to catch them quickly when they latch on. Once a day, slowly comb through your dog’s fur using your fingers or a tick comb. Ticks will look like a large grey bean or a small poppy seed that is attached to your dog.
Regularly Bathe Your Dog
On a regular basis, make sure to wash your dog thoroughly using a tick shampoo. Baths are helpful to spot ticks, as they are much more visible when your pup’s fur is wet. Tick shampoo will kill any ticks that may be hiding in his fur but has not dug into his skin.
Keep Your Home and Yard Tick-Free
One of the best ways to keep ticks away from your dog is to keep them away from your dog’s daily environment. Regularly maintain your grass by keeping it trimmed. Cut away any long brush that may grow around your yard. Don’t store any dog-related items in the grass. If you do notice any pests, apply a tick repellant spray on your lawn. Make sure the repellant dries for a few hours before you let your dog back into your yard.
Ticks can wreak havoc on your dog and potentially spread life-changing diseases to your family. However, with a few simple preventative measures, you can ensure that your dog, and your home, stays tick-free.