Fleas and Ticks On Dogs-How To Identify And Control Them
Both Pet parents and dogs face a lot of struggle dealing with flea and ticks. Read our blog to know how to identify flea and ticks on dogs, precautionary and treatment methods to keep them flea and tick free.
Fleas and ticks are one of the most common problems encountered by every pet parent. As summer approaches, fleas and ticks breed and cause a lot of problems for you and your pets.
What Are Fleas And Ticks?
Fleas and ticks are tiny parasites that feed on the blood of our dogs. They cling on to the soft fur of our pets and live in it. If fleas and ticks are left untreated, they cause itching, infections, and can even lead to tick fever which is dangerous to you and your pet. Get your pets treated for fleas and ticks as soon as they are found. If left untreated for long enough they can cause an infestation in your home and even start to bite you!
How To Identify Fleas And Ticks?
If your dog is infested with fleas and ticks, there will be excessive scratching, usually around the back of their neck or nipping at their legs and the base of their tails. You might see little black things crawling around in their fur or a little coffee ground like substance left behind. The moving things are fleas and the coffee ground substance is flea dirt and can look dark red, brown or black. You can also find ticks and fleas in your dog’s bedding and in the carpet and couches around the home. You should also look out for scabs on your dog’s skin. Once you find all these signs, it is time to take immediate action.
Prolonged Infestation May Cause:
2. Tick paralysis
3. Lyme Disease
5. Skin Infections
Treatments and Precautions:
1. Topical Application Treatments: These can be used for pets already infested with ticks. Flea and Tick shampoos, dusting powders and spot on can be used on dogs for killing the fleas and ticks.
2. Oral Medications: We now have a number of oral pills and powders that help in keeping fleas and ticks away in dogs.
3. To prevent re-infestation, put on a flea and tick collar for your pet.
4. Clean your dog’s bedding and kennel areas at regular intervals with an appropriate disinfectant.
5. Make sure you vacuum all the furnishings like carpets. cushions and curtains, so that they are tick free.
6. You can also do an at home “fogging” with spray fog or a flea and tick bomb.
If you have multiple pets at home and even if one pet is affected, the rest of the pets also get infected with fleas and ticks. Please take precautionary steps for all the pets at home.