The process of removing ticks from your pets’ bellies, rears, and between their toes is disgusting and nerve-wracking. These hideous arachnids are both icky and potentially dangerous for your pets – and you, if they transfer from your pet’s body to yours. They often carry and can transfer potentially life-threatening diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease, among others.
However, there are several relatively easy methods of tick prevention that are safe and effective when used correctly.
Though shampoos are labor- and time-intensive, they are inexpensive, effective, and offer you and your pet a chance to bond. Most pet stores have anti-tick shampoos, as do many online pet retailers. If you choose tick shampoos, remember to reapply the shampoo every two weeks, as the treatment does not last as long as some of the alternatives. Additionally, tick shampoos should be kept away from children, as they are toxic to ingest.
Spot-on Tick Prevention Medication
A hassle-free method of tick prevention is the spot-on medication, which can be purchased at pet stores and vet’s offices. Most tick prevention medications also repel other biting insects such as fleas. This treatment lasts up to a month, though a single dose can be expensive. It’s important to read the labels on these medications, as the size and age of your pets determine how much – and if – tick medication can be used.
Tick prevention pills are easy to administer and eliminate much of the danger of children or small pets coming into contact with the medication after it’s been given. You can find pills at some pet retailers, or you may have to talk to your vet. Pills are also handy because they last a full month, so you can mark the day on your calendar and forget about ticks until next month.
Tick collars are easy-to-use instruments, but they are mainly beneficial for indoor dogs, as they are effective at keeping ticks away from direct contact areas rather than body wide. They don’t last long and have to be in direct contact with your pet’s fur and skin, which can be uncomfortable and even activate unknown allergies. It’s important to read the ingredients labels and perhaps consult with your vet before use.
Tick powder is what it sounds like: a powder that repels and kills both ticks and fleas. While tick powder is highly effective and fairly inexpensive, it should be purchased and used with caution. Before buying, check that the powder in hand is safe for your pet’s species, size, and age, as many tick powders are calibrated to those standards. When applying, make sure that you don’t breathe it in, and that your pets and any children nearby don’t ingest the medication.
Contact Pest Control
If you have a problem with ticks that these methods just can’t fix, the best trick in tick prevention is to have your yard treated by a pest control company before tick season starts. This cuts them off at the source and provides that extra protection you and your pets deserve.
It’s crucial for the health and safety of your pets and your family to keep ticks off their bodies and out of the house. These steps for tick prevention may not eliminate the four-legged buggers from your yard, but they will help keep them off your precious little animals (and your pets too).
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