The summer is almost gone and it feels like the tick issue is over, but you may have to watch out around the year. Parasites living outside the body are called ecto-parasites and among these, Fleas and ticks should never be ignored by pet owners.    In places with large deer population, you need to be extra careful about the deer ticks that often carry the Lyme disease.

We all know how difficult it is to protect our pets from ticks.  Dogs love outdoors and tend to wander, picking up ticks around wooded areas.  In addition to ticks, another major ecto-parasite you need to watch out for is - Flea.   It may be hard to believe, that there are 2000 types of fleas around the world, and your pet is likely to catch at least one in his life time

Dogs with ticks/fleas shake fiercely; but how do these parasites withstand all that shaking? These parasites have mouth parts which are adopted to attach onto your dog’s skin.  Once it is attached, these parasites begin to suck blood, causing redness and irritation to the dog’s skin.

What are the Consequences of tick and flea issue?

  1. 1.  The saliva of the ticks cause an allergy called dermatitis that results in biting, scratching and balding of the skin.
  2. 2.  Fleas are little blood suckers, that will drain your dog’s blood causing anemia.
  3. 3.  Fleas can transmit tapeworms to your dog and that will cause stomach pain and intestinal issues.
  4. 4.  Deadly diseases like Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, and many more are acquired through infected tick infestation.
  5. 5.  Lyme disease causes arthritis including pain and swelling to the joints with a risk of lameness.
  6. 6.  Ticks affect pet owners as much as the pets and the health risks are not very different..

To avoid disasters happening to pets as well as people, you need to take a positive step towards tick and flea control.  There are many options to protect your dog from the flea and tick issue. Talk to your veterinarian and follow a program that will be best for you and your pet.   Some of the popular products in the market today are:    

  • Frontline Plus for Dogs gives a complete protection to your dog in just 12 hours, against ticks, fleas, mites, chewing lice and also sarcoptic mange infestations.  It is available for dogs of different sizes and age groups. Frontline is an easy-to-use topical product and is safe to apply on pregnant and lactating dogs, as well as puppies as young as 8 weeks old. Frontline must be used on dry skin, so be sure to keep your pet dry 24 hours before and after this application. 

  • FiproGuard Max for Dogs is a product with advanced strength and maximized power, due to an additional ingredient called cyphenothrin.   It kills fleas and ticks faster than Frontline in just 4 hours, and maintains the protection for 30 days.  This is safe to use on dogs / puppies 12 weeks and older.

Do not use these products around other smaller animals or birds in the house, as they could get sensitive to the chemicals that are designed to kill the ticks.  Please read the label instructions carefully before using these products.

Simple ways you can help your pet

  1. 1.  Soapy water will get rid of the fleas, flea eggs and larvae.  Be sure to bathe your dog regularly.  Also keep the bedding and environment clean.
  2. 2.  Grooming and combing will remove the dead hair and help maintain better pet hygiene. Use flea combs to remove the fleas and be sure to put the fleas in the soap water.
  3. 3.  Ticks prey on a weak immune system. Be sure to provide your dog with supplements on immune support to ensure best immune health for your dog.
  4. 4.  Organic soaps with rose and peppermint oils have a tendency to repel the ticks.

Ensuring a thorough Tick and Flea protection for your dog will keep your pet, family and household happy and healthy!