Dog Flea and Tick Protection
Here are a few things you can do to provide with higher protections from tick or flea infections.
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Here's How to Protect your Dog from Fleas and Ticks
Dog fleas and ticks aren’t only terribly annoying to get rid of, but they can also transmit several diseases to both your pet and the entire household. However, most of us encounter the same old issue when finding products that keep our pets safe from these pesky crawlers. That is, choosing dog flea and tick repellents that don’t pose just as much of a health risk to your pets as the bugs themselves.
Therefore, in this blog post, we’ll talk about how you can protect your dog from fleas and ticks by using completely safe, pet-friendly, and non-toxic methods.
Talk to Your Vet Before Making a Prevention or Protection Plan
There are two reasons to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian before creating any dog flea and tick protection plan. First, let’s consider your dog hasn’t yet been exposed to these insects, and you want to keep it that way. In that case, it’s better to learn about all those toxic flea and tick prevention products that cause more harm to your pet than anything else.
The key is to inform yourself about the particular chemicals often included in these products’ ingredients section. Plus, you shouldn’t hesitate to take your time during your appointment and make a detailed list of all such elements that can prove harmful to your pet. This way, you can always choose the safest and non-toxic products for your furry pals in the long run.
Secondly, if your dog was recently exposed to ticks or fleas, scheduling a session with your vet becomes even more crucial. In addition to inquiring about unsafe ingredients used in pet products, you must also ask your vet to recommend safe balms and oral medication to deal with the issue at hand. Although you could arrange for a soothing balm yourself after ensuring nothing in the ingredients section is toxic to your pet, you shouldn’t ever give your dog any oral medication without consulting with the vet.
Don’t Forget About Flea and Tick Collars and Shampoos
Veterinarians don’t usually recommend flea and tick protection collars and shampoos because of the toxic ingredients used during their manufacturing process. Therefore, it’s best to consult with a professional before you change any of these accessories for your dog, no matter how many excellent reviews you might see for the said products.
Use a Tick and Flea Comb
As a safe alternative to medication, you can use a flea comb on your pet daily to remove ticks and fleas, draining them out in the sink with water afterward.
Take Care of the Surroundings As Well
Here are a few things you should practice to keep your pet and household flea and tick-free:
Wash your dog’s bedding with soap and hot water every couple of days when they have been exposed. Moreover, it’s best to heat dry the covers afterward.
Keep the grass on your front and backyard mowed as short as possible at all times.
Vacuum the carpets, sofas, and curtains in your home regularly and empty the vacuum container outside afterward.
If flea or tick infestation is severely bad, professional exterminators might be required to get the job done.
By practicing these dog flea and tick protection measures, you can keep your furry friend away from toxic products while saving your household from accumulating any health risks.