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How to Prevent Ticks and Fleas in Dogs

Parasitic infestation is a well-known issue in dogs. Most dogs will become infested with flea and ticks at least once in their lifetime.

This can be a major issue for the dogs’ skin and can also cause other serious health issues. Take preventative measures to protect your dog against these nagging pests.

How to Prevent Fleas and Ticks in Your Dog?

It is recommended that you purchase flea and tick products from veterinary clinics. Store bought products are usually not as effective and you will find yourself spending twice as much.

Flea and tick products from stores are not very effective because they do not conduct research. That means that the fleas and ticks quickly become resistant to the active ingredients in the product because it is not constantly enhanced. Flea and tick shampoo is also not very effective.

The formula in most flea/tick shampoos is only made to kill adult fleas/ticks that come in contact with the substance. More than half of the population will remain as larvae, eggs, and pupae. These shampoos are also very drying and irritating to the skin.

Veterinary clinics have many different kinds of flea and tick preventatives that are researched to guarantee its effectiveness. Among these products are; Frontline, Advantage, Advantix, Comfortis, and more. Most of the flea and tick products only require a once a month application.

Another benefit to purchasing a flea and tick product from a veterinary clinic is that you’ll receive instructions on how to safely administer the product. Most people do not bother to read the instructions when they purchase a flea/tick product from a store.

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Veterinary clinics are usually good with making sure that clients know how to use the product carefully, and will warn them about potential hazards. Never place a topical flea and tick product where your dog can reach it.

Toxicity is a major issue with flea and tick product ingestion. Placing the product on the neck and in between the shoulder blades is the best way to prevent your dog from licking. It is a spot that most dogs cannot reach. Also, always be sure to read how the product is to be administered. Make sure you know if you should use it as a topical or oral treatment.

The topic: how to prevent fleas and ticks in your dog, is to make people aware of the options they have to protect their companion. If you are unable to provide your dog with a flea/tick preventative, then it will be necessary that you avoid public places.

Especially keep your dog away from dog parks, grooming facilities, and boarding facilities. Although this will not ensure that your pet will not become infested, it is the most you can do until you are able to provide your dog with proper flea and tick control. 

Keeping your dog on a flea/tick preventative will help maintain your dog healthy. Flea saliva has the potential to cause an allergic reaction in your dog. This causes itchiness, irritated skin, hair loss, and skin infection.

Ticks are capable of transmitting dangerous diseases such as; Lyme’s disease, Dirofilaria immitis (heartworm), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. These diseases all threaten your dogs’ health, and a flea and tick preventative will reduce the chances of your dog contracting these diseases.

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