Ticks and fleas on your dog can be a bit of a nuisance to deal with. Not only are they unpleasant to look at, but they can also be quite difficult to remove. And if you leave them on your dog for too long, they can bring about some serious diseases. So to keep your do flea and tick-free, what steps should you take? Luckily, there are a number of ways to do this effectively, although they work differently.Here are some of the best tick and flea prevention methods you may want consider:
Using oral medications
you can find medication in the form of pills to give to your dog orally once a month. These oral medications work to wipe out ticks as well as immature fleas. These pills are easy to administer, and unlike the case of topical treatments, you will not have to worry about your children or other pets coming into contact with the dog.
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Using spot-on treatments is another effectual method of getting rid of, as well as preventing, both fleas and ticks. You can purchase the medication online, from your vet, or from your local pet store. Spot-on treatments can provide up to one month of protection from parasites for your dog. However, even though these medications can be quite effective, you’ll still want to use them care. Be sure to carefully read all labels and seek advice from your vet in case of any lingering doubts.
To kill fleas and ticks on contact, bathe your dog with shampoo products that contain medicated ingredients. This routine, though a bit labor-intensive is an inexpensive way of protecting your dog from a bug infestation in the peak seasons–spring and summer. It is however recommended that you repeat this process at least once every two weeks because the preventive ingredients won’t last as long as spot-on treatments and oral medications.
Using tick sprays
This is another treatment that is applied topically and can both kill and prevent tick and flea infestations. It’s a good idea to use tick sprays if you plan on taking your dog out into the words, where the bugs are most prevalent. It’s important that you use this product carefully, as is the case with other tick and flea control products. Avoid using the spay to close your dog’s face or on other pets, like your cat for instance.
Clean house and lawn
Keeping your house and lawn clean is one of the best preventative measures you can take.Trimming the trees, bushes and lawns will help to keep the population of fleas and ticks down. By making sure that the parasites have fewer places to live, you will fewer of them to worry about.