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The Best Flea And Tick Control For Dogs – Important Tips

Dog Flea And Tick Control

A beautiful summer day. You and your dog played in the yard, then for a walk in the nearby fields. But that evening, both of you suddenly found yourselves scratching, scratching, and scratching. You’d been flea-d! You need the best flea and tick control for dogs.

AND while you were walking through the tall grasses of the field, your dog picked up another small traveler that burrowed into its skin and began siphoning a nutritious meal of blood.

Your dog had been tick-d, too, but the good news is you can buy good dog flea and tick control and cat flea and tick control also.

How Do Fleas Survive? –

It only takes one flea to start a plague of itching misery in your household.

Fleas need animal carriers to get around – a dog, cat, opossum, raccoon, or a human. During transport, the female flea was probably busy laying eggs, and those eggs fell off into your yard or home, or both. And now the larvae in those deposited eggs will quickly hatch, mature, and start biting – feeding off your dog or cat.

The baggage fleas leave –

Fleas deposit eggs, irritation, illness, and parasites. Some dogs and humans are very sensitive to the properties of the flea’s saliva and develop severe allergic reactions. Both of you may experience redness at the site of the bite and intense itching around the affected area.

Your dog may develop large patches of reddened skin and hair loss. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms to either/both of you. Puppies with immature immune systems and older dogs with compromised immune systems can become severely anemic, and even die, from flea-triggered anemia.

About the tick –

ticks on dogsThe tick was simply hanging onto a long blade of grass. Your dog brushed past that blade and the tick hopped on. It used its pincers to latch on and burrow into your dog’s skin. Then it began siphoning blood.

Although the bite of a tick may not produce the intense itching of a flea bite, it can trigger a wide range of symptoms and serious illnesses over time. Flea and tick-borne diseases can be lethal to dogs and humans.

The perfect flea and tick environment –

Fleas favor leaf piles tall grasses, bushes, shrubs, and moist areas. They lurk under porches and decks, burrow into crevices and dark spaces, into the fibers of carpeting, cushions, bedding, and furniture.

Ticks tend to live in wooded areas and meadows, on bushes, undergrowth, clearings, and grasses.

Fleas and ticks are regionally and seasonally present. They generally live in humid climates; both can go dormant in colder weather.

Chemical warfare –

fleas on dogsChemical treatments have long been used for flea and tick control in dogs. Chemically coated collars, oral medications, sprays, room foggers, and spot-on (topical application) products have been part of the veterinarian’s control arsenal.

While effective in reducing or eliminating infestations, these treatments can pose serious health challenges to both dogs and humans:

• Vapors emitted into the air by flea and tick collars have pesticide toxins that can irritate the pet’s skin and are considered potentially carcinogenic to humans and/or dogs.

• Sprays, spot-on’s, and room foggers may also contain toxins that are known/considered carcinogens.

• Certain breeds (the sight hound group), and small breed dogs, have unusually high toxicity vulnerabilities to flea and tick products – especially the spot-on formulas.

• Indicators of toxicity from spot-on treatments include: lethargy, gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, vomiting, salivating), tremors and seizures, movement problems, itching, redness, hair loss, ulceration, and sores.

• Fleas can develop resistance to these products; what was effective for a period of time may become less effective later.

Natural preventive options –

Alarmed by the results of studies published regarding flea and tick control in dogs, some people searched for more “natural” preventive options. Many websites discuss the efficacy and risks of various natural products. Among natural options are:

• Herbal and other plant-based products– lavender, garlic, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, juniper, geranium, pine, rosemary, cedar, pennyroyal, and citrus. Some of these plant-based treatments, particularly garlic and pennyroyal, have been identified as potentially lethal when ingested. Tea tree oil and eucalyptus also have been reported as potentially toxic.

• Borax detergent and diatomaceous earth (DE) are desiccants used by many people who will not consider using other commercial products. If opting to treat with DE, use only food grade form; non-food grade DE has been documented as a potential cause of asbestos-like lung damage. It might be advisable to have a knowledgeable, fully licensed exterminator apply DE.

Although considered natural these products also are chemicals. Any of them can be toxic to your dog. There is no one-product-works-for-all. Thoughtful research, careful application, and close monitoring are essential when considering any flea and tick control program. Here are some to consider and should get you on your way to complete control.

Is there a best defense?

Flea and tick control for dogs is a multi-layered effort. It may include prescription treatment, natural care products, diet, grooming, and environment controls.

• Discuss all products, dosages, and risks with your veterinarian before beginning treatment. Follow directions exactly – do NOT over/under dose. Watch for any indications of adverse reactions. Do NOT give your dog products intended for another species.

• Feed your dog a well-balanced diet to support its immune system; parasites are attracted to weak hosts.

• Frequently examine your dog for signs of fleas and/or ticks. Using a fine-toothed flea comb can help locate and remove fleas.

• Bathe your dog regularly (once a month or so) with a non-toxic pet shampoo.

• Examine your yard for likely flea zones. Remove piles of leaves and keep grass mowed short. Trim back dense bushes and undergrowth.

• Vacuum OFTEN – carpets, hard surfaces, furniture, bedding and drapes. Frequently change the vacuum bag.

• Wash dog bedding often, in hot, soapy water.

• Take your dog for regular veterinary checkups.

Fleas and ticks happen –

Fleas and ticks can be annoying and dangerous but they don’t have to become the next plague. With careful management, thoughtful product selection and use, and partnering with your veterinarian, a multi-approach flea and tick control program for your dog can reduce or halt that pending plague in mid-hop!

I hope this has helped answer your questions and you are able to find what you need. Would love to hear any comments and or questions from you. Thank you.


4 thoughts on “The Best Flea And Tick Control For Dogs – Important Tips
  1. MeVicky says:

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    1. Wayne says:

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