As an owner of a pet dog, you’re aware that you have to deal with fleas and ticks over and over again. These tiny yet very dangerous and dirty creatures will go the extra mile to crawl their way up to your dog and they need to in order to survive. Well, as much as it’s a fight for survival for them, you still can’t allow them to infest your pet buddy for the reason that they cause havoc in the form of skin infection, severe scratching, and even carry with them diseases that can be passed on to humans.
First things first, winning the battle against fleas and ticks means knowing what products to use and then figuring when to ideally use them. Also, your location and the climate in your area are also very important factors. For example, you expect to deal with the worst annoyance from fleas in hot climates or in any location during the summer season. On the other hand, ticks will be visible in spring and summer. However, you must realize that they don’t really disappear; they just lay dormant or hide and become active in certain temperatures or seasons.
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For you to successfully treat your dog of any tick or flea infestation, you first must learn how to detect the signs. If you don’t know how to look for the signs, it is impossible to give treatment to your canine buddy. However, if you see the signs and still ignore them, then the simple infestation of fleas or ticks could lead to more serious problems like the spread of disease or serious skin infection.
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Types of Prevention
Fortunately, there are so many different flea treatments you can readily buy these days, and what’s even better is that most of them are complete enough to also kill and prevent ticks and other pests. So far, the two most common variants are pills and spot-on treatments. Some other options include collars, foggers, shampoos, dips, and sprays.
But before you apply or use any of those flea treatment products, it is strongly advised that you go to your veterinarian first. This is important because you might be using something that could do more harm than good to your dog. Visiting a vet is necessary if your dog is taking other medications, pregnant, nursing puppies, sick, or is already very old.
Lastly, don’t ever use products that are designed for use to other animals to your dog. It could result to the death of your beloved canine buddy. You always should follow the instructions in the product label because there’s also the risk of overdosing.