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10 Ways to Protect Your Pets Against Tick Bites


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Tick bites transmit Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and other infections. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to properly remove a tick, and improper technique increases the likelihood of disease transmission.

"Spot-on treatments like Frontline Plus offer prolonged protection against ticks."

Removing ticks quickly is essential; the risk of disease transmission increases the longer a tick feeds from its host. Check your pet regularly and thoroughly, and consult your veterinarian before using any medicated tick product on your pet. Only use products labeled for the species you are treating.

Tick Protection Tips

1. Put on a tick collar. These collars repel ticks, but only protect the head and neck. Two fingers should fit between your pet’s neck and the collar. Collars should lie against your animal’s skin instead of resting on his fur.

2. Use a spot-on application. Spot-on treatments, such as Bio Spot and Frontline Plus, offer prolonged protection against ticks. Many repel the parasites for up to one month.

3. Apply a tick dip. Dilute these chemicals with water before sponging or pouring them onto your pet. Dips are potent and generally unsafe for young animals.

4. Use a medicated shampoo designed to effectively kill fleas and ticks. Some provide a residual repellant effect. Most must be left on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

5. Spray your cat or dog. Many spray products repel and kill ticks. Frontline Spray is a popular option. Aerosol cans often frighten cats, so treat them with pump bottle sprays.

6. Apply tick powder. Powders are an alternative to sprays. Apply them minimally and carefully. These typically require reapplication weekly.

7. Try oral medication. Once-monthly oral medications control ticks without introducing chemicals into the air like sprays and powders. Dogs have more options than cats in this category.

8. Maintain you yard. Keep your lawn, bushes, and trees trimmed to limit tick hiding and breeding places. Regularly remove leaves and brush. Use a pesticide yard spray to control ticks.

9. Treat your home. Treat inside your home during tick season if you live in a tick-heavy area. Spray products like Knockout ES Area Treatment on carpets, furniture, curtains, and elsewhere.

10. Limit your pet’s time outside. Keep cats indoors. They are safer indoors and at minimal risk for tick bites. Check your dog after walking or him or after his return from a grassy or wooded area.


Sources

http://www.petmd.com/dog/parasites/evr_dg_10_ways_to_stop_ticks_from_biting_your_dog

http://www.petmd.com/cat/parasites/evr_ct_10_ways_to_stop_ticks_from_biting_your_cat

The above is provided for information purposes only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any condition. This information does not cover all possible variables, conditions, reactions, or risks relating to any topic, medication, or product and should not be considered complete. Certain products or medications may have risks and you should always consult your local veterinarian concerning the treatment of your pet. Any trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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