As an owner of a pet dog, you’re aware that you have to deal with fleas and ticks over and over again. These creatures, although tiny and almost invisible, are so pesky and persistent, figuring out ways to climb up to your dog simply because it is their only means of survival. As for you and your pet buddy, they are unwelcome visitors because they not only cause severe itching and skin infection, they also can bring with them nasty diseases.
First things first, winning the battle against fleas and ticks means knowing what products to use and then figuring when to ideally use them. Also, your location and the climate in your area are also very important factors. One example of this is when in hot summers or in areas where the weather is predominantly warm, fleas are at their worst. Ticks on the other hand most likely will appear during spring and summer. But then again, you also must realize that both ticks and fleas don’t really die or disappear even in seasons you don’t expect them to be active; they just try to hide or dormant.
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For you to successfully treat your dog of any tick or flea infestation, you first must learn how to detect the signs. Without any knowledge of the telltale signs, it’s impossible to perform treatment. However, if you see the signs and still ignore them, then the simple infestation of fleas or ticks could lead to more serious problems like the spread of disease or serious skin infection.
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The nice thing about most flea treatments these days is that you get to choose products that also eliminate and prevent ticks and other pests. At this point, the two most common treatments come in the form of spot-on treatments and pills. There also are shampoos, sprays, and collars.
Before you do use any flea treatment option, it is best that you first seek your veterinarian’s advice. This is crucial because you might end up using a product that does more harm than good to your dog. The fact is it is important that you visit a vet if your dog is very old, still a puppy, or maybe pregnant or nursing young ones; the same holds true for a dog that’s taking other medications or is known to have allergic reactions to certain chemicals.
Lastly, don’t ever use products that are designed for use to other animals to your dog. If you ignore this, you could end up killing your dog in the process. Always follow the instructions written in the product, especially on the amount that needs to be administered.