Tips & tricks on how to get rid of ticks, fleas, and more quickly!
Summertime is also the ticking time! The season is particularly beautiful with all the flowering plants and green nature, but it can also be a nuisance for pet owners because of the small animals that lurk in the grass. Ticks, fleas, and other vermin are particularly active in summer and target your four-legged friends. The blood-sucking ticks, in particular, are particularly troublesome because they can transmit health-threatening diseases. However, there are various measures you can use to get rid of the annoying little crawling animals and to protect your fur nose from stings and bites. In addition to chemical agents, there are also plant-based and natural agents to combat the little nuisances!
What you should always do in summer is to check the dog for ticks after each stay in the open so that crawling or sucked bloodsuckers can be removed straight away. A special tick plier is very helpful because you have to pull out the vermin together with the head, and it is not that easy. With the necessary sensitivity, the tick pliers must be placed as close as possible to the skin so that it is ensured that the head is completely removed. Should a part of the tick get stuck, this does not necessarily have to be dangerous. However, if the rest, as in most cases, does not reject itself but ignites, you should visit a veterinarian! A daily examination is essential, especially in dogs, due to their susceptibility to Lyme disease. Fortunately, most pathogens are only transmitted when the tick has been sucking for 12 to 24 hours. So you have a certain amount of time to get rid of the bugs. With a rapid borreliosis tick test, you can even be certain within 10 minutes whether the tick that has stuck to your dog was infected with the dangerous Lyme disease bacterium!
Pest control – How can I prevent ticks, fleas, and the like?
What can you do so that annoying little nuisances like ticks spare our dogs in summer? On the one hand, you can have your animal roommate vaccinated, but this controversial vaccination does not protect against direct tick infestation, but only against the pathogen, Lyme disease! If the dog has already come into contact with the pathogen, a subsequent vaccination can cause kidney infections! On the other hand, there are the so-called tick protection collars that are put on the four-legged friend like an ordinary collar. However, these often contain chemical agents who, while driving off the ticks, can also harm the dog at the same time. At least dog world, you will only find natural means to fight annoying vermin, such as the organic protective collar, which is considered a natural method against nuisances thanks to the leather impregnated with coconut oil. You even get a refill for this collar so that it can be used again and again!
In addition to collars, there are also various oils, sprays, and shampoos that are based on natural active ingredients. They contain, for example, coconut, neem, jojoba, clove blossom, and cedarwood oil or herbal products such as citronella and clove. The Orme Naturali “Spot-On with Neem Oil” is a herbal remedy that contains purely natural active ingredients and is non-toxic to both humans and dogs. The oil is applied to the animal’s skin and is said to keep ticks and other vermin away. The “Natural Skin and Pest Control” from Zedan is suitable as a spray, which serves to repel insects, ticks, flies, and snakes and, at the same time, cares for the dog’s skin. Shampoo can also help fight and keep parasites away; for example, the “Anti-Parasit” shampoo, which is based on high-quality ingredients such as margosa, chaste tree, and zirconia eucalyptus oil.
Those who prefer a homoeopathic variant can order a dog amber necklace. This chain is made by hand and consists of 100% natural amber and is said to have a healing power that keeps ticks away.
Beware of overdose and allergies.
Ticks can transmit dangerous diseases, and therefore prevention is essential. However, you should be careful when choosing the right preparation and clarify possible intolerances to the dog in advance. Besides, you should not think that the remedies make more sense if you use more of them, as this can be harmful to your four-legged friend. Side effects, such as reddening of the skin, hair loss, itching, or nausea, can be caused, especially with chemical preparations.
If you follow the protective measures, you can reduce the risk that your beloved animal companion will get sick from tick bites and get through the summer well! 😉