Tick and Flea season is nearly here, and these pests can create major issues for your fury friend. Pet owners know that nothing annoys their pet more than these pesky pests. Ticks could hide practically everywhere and are difficult to eradicate, and can cause devastating diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Fleas can cause skin damage and severe itching, for every flea on your pet, there could be hundreds of eggs laying around your home.
The peak season for ticks and fleas is mainly between April to August. With the arrival of the warm summer weather, there are more ticks out looking for a blood meal during this time. In fact, the warmer temperatures in the summer can make ticks and fleas more active. However, prevention methods should be done round the year to keep your pet safe. Here are some tips to help keep your pet tick and flea free.
Prevention: Prevention is key. There are many topical flea and tick prevention treatments available for your pet as well as flea collars and shampoos. Here are some quick prevention to protect your furball from ticks and fleas,
1) Spray IRradicate- Tick Repellent Oil on them uniformly over entire body surface and massage into the skin gently, allowing good contact with the skin after a long walk.
2) Apply IRradicate – Tick Repellent Power twice a day and gently brush the coat and Sprinkle it on both the sides of the bedding as well.
3) Bathe them twice a month with IRradicate – Tick Repellent Shampoo, it prevents ticks from attaching onto the dog’s body and cleanses the skin.
Check The Label: Never apply tick and flea medication made for cats to dogs or vice versa unless the label says it is made for cats and dogs. Formulations often differ and using the incorrect product can cause illness or even death. Also, it is crucial to read labels to ensure that you are giving your pet the proper dosing.
- Check Your Pet Regularly: Perform a “tick and flea check” on your dog daily, particularly following outdoor activities. The ticks’ favorite places to attach are your dog’s feet (and between toes), under the legs, around eyes and ears, near the anus, and under the tail. Be sure to look under your dog’s collar, too. So, pay close attention to these areas. Feel for bumps all over your dog, and part the fur to check out any bumps you do feel. For fleas, look for them on areas of your dog where the coat is sparse or thin. Think belly, inner sides of the hind limbs, and armpits. Fleas are tiny and copper-colored, and they move quickly on your dog’s skin.
Check Their Environment: While dogs are being treated, the surrounding environment must be treated at the same time. Fleas are protected from the weather, which is why your home is a favorable flea habitat. Wash your dog’s bedding on a regular basis to reduce the number of fleas.
- Know The Symptoms And Seek Early Veterinary Attention: Majority of dogs exposed to ticks never develop a tick-borne disease. But for those who do, early recognition of symptoms, quickly arriving at a diagnosis, and prompt treatment by your veterinarian enhance the likelihood of a positive outcome. The most common symptoms of tick-borne diseases in dogs are stiff joints, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. In severe cases this tick-borne disease can lead to neurological symptoms such as balance issues, weakness, and seizures.