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4 Tips and Remedies that Protects Your Pets from Ticks.

 by jaime on 18 Jun 2014 |
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The icy-cold grip of winter has relented, and people across the US are getting outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. You and your pets are not the only ones making a return to the great outdoors though. Ticks and all manner of blood-sucking, biting insects are coming out to play as well. Everyone thinks about bug spray, long sleeves, and tick checks after playing in the woods, but do all pet owners think about their best friend's safety in the woods?
 
Protecting your pet against the threat of disease and infection from a tick is vital. Not only does preventing a tick from taking root on your pet protect its health, it also prevents that tick from getting inside your home and close to your family. The following tips and remedies will help prevent ticks from ruining your pet's summer.
 
1. Spot-on treatments
There's a wide variety of medications that can be applied to your pet to prevent ticks. These need to be applied once a month to remain effective and are generally safe for human contact as soon as they've dried on your pet's skin and fur.
 
2. Oral medications
Available in a pill form, oral medications are effective at killing ticks that come into contact with your pet as well as fleas. Unlike spot-on treatments, there is no need to worry about others coming into contact with chemicals because your dog ingests the pill and the chemicals work from the inside out.
 
3. Shampoos and tick dips
Alongside spot-on treatments and oral medications you'll no doubt find tick shampoos and dips. Shampoos are often skipped by many pet owners because they are both labor intensive (who really enjoys bathing their pet?) and not as cost-effective, requiring repeat applications every two weeks. Tick dips are extremely effective but contain highly-concentrated chemicals that must be used carefully and cannot be rinsed off immediately following application. In the case of tick dips, it is recommended that you consult a veterinarian before applying them to your dog.
 
4. Tick collars
Once an extremely popular option, tick collars do not make for a well-rounded defense against ticks. The collars really only offer protection to the neck and head region of your dog, and when fitted to your dog should make direct contact with the skin. This ensures that the chemicals contained in the collar are transferred to your dog's skin and coat.
 
There are also a number of non-chemical steps you can take to keep ticks at bay. Chances are your dog is going to spend most of its outdoor time this summer in your backyard. Create natural and physical barriers between wild nature and your backyard. Keep brush and overgrowth trimmed back away from your property line, and if necessary consider fencing in the backyard.
 
These steps won't eliminate ticks completely, but it does help deter their invasion of your property and limits the possibility of your dog goes romping through prime tick territory. Last but not least, when your pet comes inside from playtime get the brush out. Giving your pet a good brush-down will help pull off ticks and give you an opportunity to scan its skin for any of those little suckers that have dug in to sneaky spots.

Want to protect your furry friend from pesky ticks? Our online store offers heavily discounted (up to 75% off) tick treatments.

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