Preventing your dogs from getting ticks this summer can keep both your pets and your family healthy. Ticks can carry many diseases like Lyme disease and tapeworms into your house, which can make both you and your pets very ill. There are many simple things you can do to protect your dogs and cats from ticks. Read on to learn more.
Medications, such as ones that you give your dog orally are helpful in preventing ticks. There is also spot on treatment, which is a liquid that you apply to the back of your pets and provide month-long protection. However, oral treatments carry fewer risks than spot treatments because spot treatments can be dangerous for small children who come into contact with them.
Shampoo is another method of protecting your dog from ticks. A tick shampoo usually kills ticks upon contact, but you will need to wash your dog often because the active ingredients in tick shampoos are not as long lasting as the oral medicine.
Cats vs. Dogs
Cats are a bit different than dogs, so before using any medications of these types on your cats, you should consult your veterinarian. Cats are much more sensitive to the chemicals in these medications than dogs may be. Many pet owners opt for a tick collar for their pets in the summer months. Safe to use, these collars are often only effective to prevent ticks on your pet’s head and neck.
It is also important to protect your house as well. Start by vacuuming the carpets in your house and by washing your pet’s bedding as well as any fabric where they may spend time. If you have a serious tick infestation, you can consider having your lawn and home sprayed. There are several classes of pesticides that can help control the remaining number of ticks in your yard and help keep any new ticks away.
Protecting your pets from ticks will help protect your family from the diseases that ticks carry, and there are many options for the treatment of tick infestations. To find out more about protecting your pets and home from ticks, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.