Best Tick Treatment for Dogs
No one looks forward to removing ticks from their dogs, especially during tick season. First, they are nasty to look at. Then they are filled with your pet’s blood and they are remarkably difficult to dislodge. So, what are the best treatments for the tick problem?
These are an effective way of controlling the ticks, and even fleas, for up to a month. Sure they are great and all, but you still need to be careful about which ones you use. Go through the labels thoroughly before purchase, and should you have any doubts, double check with your vet.
These ones are readily available for the canines. They have a good plan-of-attack as they work to both kill the fleas and disrupt their life cycle. More than that, they are easy to administer. In addition, you won’t have to get concerned about your kids getting into contact with their favorite pet immediately after medicine administration, unlike the spot-on treatments.
Tick powders both kill and repel ticks from your dog. They work fast, but you have to be careful in applying them. The very fine powder can irritate the mouth or lungs once inhaled. To be safe, use small amounts at a time as you slowly and gently rub it on the skin. Keep the powder away from the face, especially the eyes, during application. Moreover, be certain that the powder in designated for use on dogs, and verify that it’s right for your dog’s age. There are those powders that can be used on areas that your dog sleeps in and other parts of the household too.
These are a common topical application. They kill the ticks quickly, and go further to provide residual protection. Like the powders, be careful around the face region.
You can go ahead and throw the dog into the pool of medicine and completely eliminate any and all ticks on its body. The tick dip basically contains strong concentrated chemical that is diluted in water. You can then literally dip the dog in it, or you can pour it over its back. Alternatively, you can apply it to the dog’s fur using a sponge. Though highly effective, this treatment method is not recommended for those very young animals of under 4 months, and even the pregnant or nursing ones. Speak to your vet before administering the tick dip to those groups of pets.
Of course prevention is better than cure. It’s wiser and insanely cheaper to prevent your dog from getting ticks than to control a tick infestation. There are products available for this in the market. Examples of the recommended tick prevention products include:
· Frontline Plus;
· Advantage II and;
· K9 Advantix II
Keep things tidy and always check your dog for ticks.