Protect Your Pets from Blood-sucking Bugs

Bed BugRemoving ticks from your pets during this season is annoying, and frankly, it can also be nerve wracking. These ugly pests can be dangerous to your pets because of the diseases they often carry and their small size. Sometimes they even migrate from your pets and bite you if you are nearby. Thankfully, there are plenty of methods to keep your pet free of ticks. Here are a few tips for keeping your pets tick-free.

Spot-on medication

An easy way to keep your pet free of ticks is to give them spot-on treatment medication. You can purchase this at your veterinarian’s office or at a pet store. These usually keep both ticks and fleas away and last for about a month. Be careful about which medication you use. Some pets are too young or too small for regular doses. If in doubt, ask your veterinarian.

Shampoo

Shampooing your pet is time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it is also efficient and inexpensive. You can buy special anti-tick shampoos at many pet stores. This method is cheaper than spot-on treatments, but it does not last as long. Anti-tick shampoo needs to be reapplied every two weeks because the ingredients in the shampoo do not last as long as other methods.

Pill Treatments

There are many kinds of tick-repelling pills. The advantage of this method is that it is easy to use and will not harm any children that come in contact with your pet after application, as opposed to the danger faced by using shampoos and spot-on treatments. It also lasts as long as the spot-on medication and only needs to be repeated once a month.

Tick Collars

Tick collars are easy to use, but they mainly protect the neck and head from ticks. They work well for pets that don’t go outdoors too often, but the collars do not last very long. They have to be in close contact with the fur and skin of your pet to be effective, which sometimes causes them discomfort. At times, they can also cause allergies, so read the label carefully before putting them on your pet.

Tick Powder

Tick powder kills and repels ticks and fleas. It is inexpensive and works well, but use it carefully. When buying, be sure that the powder is made for your pet’s species and check to see it is designed for the right age and size. If you have any questions be sure to ask your veterinarian or a pest control expert. The powder should not be ingested, so be careful when applying it.

Contact Pest Control

The best way to keep ticks out of your yard and away from your pets is to treat your property for them before the season begins. If you keep your house and yard free of pests, it will make it much less likely that your pet will bring home ticks. How can you do this? Trim your trees and bushes and have your yard treated by a pest control professional.

Keeping ticks off of your pets is important for protecting your furry friends. Use these methods and the help of a pest control professional to help keep your pets safe.

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