Easy Steps to Tick Bite Prevention
A single tick bite can cause numerous diseases in your dog. Sometimes, even paralysis or death.
To keep your pet healthy, you need to learn some simple preventive techniques.
Ticks are tiny mites that belong to the spider family.
They use their sharp mouths to attach themselves to dog's skin, usually around the neck area, and feed on their blood.
It is not the bite itself but the toxins in the tick's saliva that cause disease.
In extreme cases, a bite can cause permanent damage to your dog's health. Visit tick bite symptoms to learn how to recognize if a tick bit your dog.
So, how can we keep ticks away from our dogs?
There are 2 ways you can keep ticks away from your dog:
- Modify ticks' environment
- Use tick control products on your dog
Follow these suggestions to minimize the chances of your dog suffering from a tick bite…
Modifying Tick Habitat
Dog ticks are common in areas of high humidity - grassy, brushy, wooded, and shaded areas.
To cut down on number of ticks, take the following steps around the house and kennel areas…
- Keep your grass short
- Don't let fallen leaves pile up
- Clear bushes
- Prune trees to let more sun in
In addition to the above steps, treat your yard and kennel area with a tick spray.
I've been using Virbac Yard Spray around my yard. It's very easy to use – just attach the sprayer bottle to the hose and spray.
It kills ticks and fleas and it will not damage your lawn.
Virbac Yard Spray will provide protection to humans too. I began using it when my kids were younger and spending a lot of time in the wooded backyard.
Tick Control Products
No matter what precautions you take around your yard, if your dog spends any time outdoors, he is at risk of suffering a tick bite.
Tick control products that you can use on your dog fall into several categories…
- Tick collars
- Topical products that you use once a month
Once-a-month topical products are the most effective and are easy to use. You apply the product once a month to a small area on your dog's back.
One of the best products in this category is FRONTLINE Plus.
I've been using this product on Bo and am more than happy with the results.
From my experience, no other product provides as much tick bite protection as this one.
If I had to choose only one tick control product, FRONTLINE Plus would be it!
Sprays and Shampoos
Shampoos offer the most convenient (though not the most effective) way to fight dog ticks and fleas.
Perfect Coat Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo kills not only fleas but ticks too.
It also ends snarls and tangles, and leaves pet smelling fresh and sweet.
Tick and flea shampoos are OK, but if you need really fast results, try FRONTLINE Spray.
FRONTLINE Spray is much stronger than any shampoo and acts a lot quicker -- it kills up to 100% of existing fleas and ticks in less than 24 hours...
Tick collars can provide anywhere from 1 month to several months protection against tick bites, but are not as effective as topical applicators.
Some tick collars also provide protection against fleas. If flea protection is important to you, read the label before you buy a collar.
I have used Zodiac Tick Collar for Dogs in the past and was satisfied with the results.
This collar provides 5 month protection against ticks and fleas.
Another good collar that provides protection against ticks and fleas is Bio Spot® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs and Puppies.
Have more tick bite questions or concerns?
Talk to your veterinarian. Depending on the area where you live, he or she may suggest some other products.
And if those products are sold over the counter, you will save a lot of money by buying from 1-800-PetMeds. Bo gets all his medications and vitamins from them, and we are both satisfied!
As a part of your tick bite prevention routine, check your dog for any sign of ticks on a regular basis. If you find any, you will need to carefully remove them. Visit removing ticks to learn how.
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As a dog owner, you are responsible for your puppy's health. A good source for dog health information, including puppy care and preventive medicine, how to protect your pet from worms and ticks, dog food, and how to recognize if your pet needs immediate medical attention, is the Ultimate Guide to Dog Health.
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I hope you will find this information useful and it helps you to recognize some common dog health problems your pet may be experiencing. However, if you suspect your pet is ill, immediately contact your veterinarian. He or she will be able to help you decide the best course of action when it comes to caring for your pet.