It is estimated that there are over a thousand types of fleas and ticks that can affect your pet. It however takes only one to drive your pet crazy and have it quite unstable. Knowing how to treat and prevent fleas from attacking your dog can go along way in keeping your pet safe. The various ways in which you can prevent or treat fleas and ticks from attacking your dog are briefly highlighted below.
Fleas and ticks can be controlled when you administer oral medication to your dog on a monthly basis. The drug is quite effective in killing the eggs of such parasites and disrupting their life cycles. The other benefit of oral medication is that you do not have to worry that your kids will come into contact with it when handling the dog.
Consider using shampoos that have active ingredients that can kill such pests especially during their peak season.
Despite the fact that washing your pet with shampoo is labor intensive, it is another great way to control fleas and ticks. If you prefer using shampoo for your pet, you may have to wash your pet at least twice in a month since the active ingredients that kill such pests in shampoos does not last quite that long.
Another way you can control ticks and fleas on your pets is by the use of tick dips. Tick dips are highly concentrated solution that are diluted on water and applied on your pets with the use of sponges or by pouring it over the pets back. The tick dips are usually rinsed off from the pet and are not ideal for nursing and pregnant pets.
Ticks and fleas on your pets can also be controlled with the use of tick collars.
Although the collar is effective for the head and neck areas, it can be a great way to control such pests. Ensure that the collar is however not to long for the animal to chew on it and it does not cause allergic reactions or discomfort to your pet.
You can also use powders to control ticks and fleas on your pets. Consider using powder to treat and prevent fleas and ticks from attacking your animal. Ensure that they are appropriate for the age of the pet and that they control both fleas and ticks. Apply the powder in small quantities since a lot of it can go to the eyes and nose of the pet causing further irritation.
Areas where the pets sleeps can be dusted with the powder as well for maximum protection.