Tick and flea control is important because these pests can transfer diseases to your dog. Fleas are wingless creatures that are brownish or yellowish in color. They have a pancake-like shape. Ticks are dark-brown or reddish in color. They can range from 2.5 to 3 mm.
Fleas and ticks often accumulate on dogs’ fur. Fortunately, there are many things you can do in order to prevent this from happening.
Keep Your dog Away From Tick Habitats
Ticks are most likely to be found in grassy and wooded areas such as meadows and overgrown shrubs. It is best for you to keep your dog out of these areas. Ticks can detect the dog’s body heat. When it detects this, it attaches itself to the dog’s body.
Use a Flea and Tick Collar
One of the best things that you can do in order to prevent your dog from being bitten by fleas and ticks is to put a collar on them. You can get a tick and flea collar from your dog’s veterinarian. You can also make one yourself. You can use lavender oil or cedar oil as tick and flea repellent.
You will need to mix two or three drops of cedar oil or lavender oil with one to two tablespoons of water. You can use undiluted oil. Pour the oil on a bandana or collar. Place the collar or bandana around the dog’s neck. You will need to reapply the mixture every week.
Check Your dog for Fleas and Ticks
You should check your dog for fleas and ticks every time that he or she comes inside. The belly, armpits, ears and toes are some of the areas where the fleas and ticks are most likely to accumulate. You can use a pair of tweezers to remove the tick. In many cases, shampooing your dog will help get rid of the fleas. You can also use soap and water to wash your dog’s fur.
See a Vet
If you are unable to keep ticks and fleas away from your dog, then you may want to take him or her to the vet. There are a number of ways that fleas and ticks can be professionally-treated. Your veterinarian may recommend oral medications, tick dips or prescription shampoos. Your dog’s vet may also recommend a spot-on treatment, which can be used to repel fleas and ticks for up to one month.