One of the most common problems confronted by every dog, irrespective of the breed, is that of fleas and ticks.So, in this article, we have tried to cover all the possible doubts or questions you must be having and all the things that you, as a dog owner, need to know about these tiny organisms- and the complete flea and tick solution- the right way to treat fleas and ticks. If any confusion still remains, or if you have any queries with respect to fleas and ticks, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us anytime.
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What are flea and ticks?
Ticks and fleas are both types of parasites, that look for and live on their hosts, which include animals like Dogs, cats, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, foxes etc., eventually causing irritations and discomfort to the animal.
Fleas are wingless insects, which find a host and live on it for life, feeding on the host’s blood. There is a wide range of fleas(like about 2000!) and they can easily thrive in humid or warm conditions. While they are not as harmful as ticks, fleas still cause discomfort since they transmit microbes and worms like tapeworms.
Ticks, on the other hand, are arachnids, that closely related to mites and spiders. These eight-legged organisms are relatively much more harmful in comparison to fleas. Ticks are relatively much harder to kill and transmit relatively much more deadly diseases.
What are the signs of flea and ticks in dogs?
To prevent accidental ignorance of the presence of fleas and ticks on your dog, you should be aware of the common symptoms exhibited by dogs when they are getting bugged by these vexatious things. So, if you notice any of the symptoms given below, you might want to dig for some fleas and ticks.
Flea and tick symptoms:
- Flea dirt (Small black or reddish brown substance)
- Abnormal scratching
- Red hot spots
- Pale gums
- Licking and biting
- Hair fall
How to check your dog has flea and ticks?
So as to ensure your dog is not affected by these parasites, you need to check your dog now and then. Here is how you can check your dog for flea and ticks.
- First of all, you need to check the coat- the fur of your pet. How do you do that? Well, no big deal- just divide your pet’s fur and try to spot some small brown or black colored stuff on them.
- Another thing you can do to find Fleas and ticks is combing the pup’s fur- while you do, you would feel come bumps. For this, you can use flea and ticks combs. Check out Marshallspetzone.com if you don’t have a flea and tick comb already.
- You can even check for flea dirt by wearing white socks and walking around the region where your pet tends to spend more time. Flea dirt is a sort of black dirt (if it helps- it somewhat resembles crushed black pepper).
Where do flea and tick hide?
Wondering where to look for these annoying organisms? Here are the common regions where Fleas and ticks hide, and thus, are the first places you should be looking for during you flea and tick hunt.
- Under the collar
- Inside the grain area
- Under the front legs
- Under the tail.
Removing Fleas and Ticks
Flea and Tick removal products
Before you jump to get some the flea and tick medicine that looks the best, and experiment it on your paw-pal- WAIT. First, you’ve got to figure out the population size of the parasites dwelling in your pet’s fur. It is on the basis of the number of fleas and ticks you find on your pet that you decide as to which Flea and tick remedy you must look for. You can get the right dog flea and tick removal products online at marshallspetzone.com– choose from the extensive range of reliable flea and tick products available to us!
So, here are our suggestions- the flea and tick medications you can consider according to the number of these parasites on your dog’s body.
Recommended Flea and tick products for the initial stage (fleas and ticks in very few numbers)
For the initial stage, when fleas and ticks on the body of your pet are very less in number (less than five), simply using flea and tick Shampoos and powders can be enough. Just apply the shampoo or soap evenly on your dog’s coat and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off. After the coat is entirely dry, you can apply Flea and tick powder.
Flea and tick shampoos need to be used only once in a week for a month; powder can be applied daily. Once you make sure the fleas and ticks have stopped sticking to your fur baby, you can start using regular dog shampoos and powders.
Flea and tick products are not to be considered for regular usage. They are to be used only during the treatment period
Given below are few products we recommend you for treating fleas and ticks at their incipient stage. You can always check these Flea and tick products out at Marshalls Petzone online store and grab the best deals!
We personally like Intas softas flea and tick shampoo, Vitoquinol Reltix Anti Tick and Flea Shampoo and Sky Ec Tick Free Anti Tick Dog Shampoo. Non-sticky and nourishing, they would be mild over the coat and skin, and moreover, would act as a moisturizer to the coat. Some other reliable shampoos are Bay O Pet Bolfo Shampoo and Virbac clinar-M Cypermethrin And Miconazole Nitrate Shampoo which assures easy removal of fleas and ticks with regular usage.
We recommend Tick free anti-tick dog soap for efficient removal and prevention of ticks without harming your pet’s coat. Flick out Soap For Dogs and Intas Softas Max Soap are also something we would suggest as the top flea and tick soaps. These soaps are relatively mild over the pet’s skin and also offers additional protection from Rashes.
K9 bact powder for dogs comes as our first recommendation here. It is an effective and easy solution to control fleas and ticks eventually.Himalaya Erina Ep powder and shampoo combination is yet another product you can check out.
Recommended products in case of relatively high flea and tick infestation (5-10)
If you find there is an average number of fleas and ticks on the body of your pet, you first need to bath your dog with Flea and tick shampoo or soap as mentioned earlier. After the coat is completely dry, Flea and tick spot on must be applied. The popular one is Fiprofort Spot on Solution. Based on the weight of the breed they are in 4 types:
- For DogsFiprofort Plus Spot On For Small Dogs up to 10kg
- Fiprofort Plus Spot On For Medium Dogs- From 10kg to 20kg
- Fiprofort Plus Spot On For Large Dogs- From 20kg to 40kg
- Savavet Fiprofort Plus Spot On For Dogs Over 40 to 60kg
Heavy Flea and Tick Infestation
Sometimes, due to persisting ignorance or other factors, the number of fleas and ticks on your dog can reach an awful lot. In such cases, we recommend the use of strong medications. Here are two products you can consider in this context:
Available in concentrated liquid form, dips are most effective flea and tick remedies in case of heavy infestation. These need to be mixed with water according to the size and weight of your pet before application. They should be applied just once a week on the entire body for two weeks. Two rounds of application would wash out most of the fleas and ticks. Afterward, you can treat the remaining fleas and ticks with shampoos and soaps.Ridd Anti Tick And Flea Solution For Dogs is a recommended Flea and Tick dip.
Caution: The solution, until dried, can be fatal if licked my dogs. So, after applying the solution, you must take your dog out in sun, so that your pet stay distracted and do not lick its body while it dries quickly. After the solution dries, you simply need to brush the coat and apply flea and tick powder.
Do not apply on the face of your pet, due to the risk of it licking the solution.
Spray application procedure is similar to dips except that they are readily diluted and don’t need to be mixed with water- you can directly spray the product and leave it to dry.
Fiprofort flea and tick spray is the most reliable spray form of Flea and Tick solutions. It is an effective way to prevent Flea and tick build-up as well as for preventing Flea and Tick infestation in future. The product remains effective even if exposed to sunlight or even if the pup comes in contact with water and assures of zero toxic effects.
While applying these Flea and tick medications, keep in mind the Flea and tick removal tips and precautions though, as given below.
Flea and tick removal tips
There are a few tips for you to keep in mind while you are on Mission Flea and Tick Removal!
One: Always consult your vet before you finalize the Flea and tick medication, especially the strong ones. The vet would diagnose your pet and see if his skin is compatible with the medication you are considering and if not, he can make better recommendations suitable for your fur baby.
Two: Be sure to muzzle your pet so as to prevent him from licking while you apply the flea and tick removal products.
Three: If you are not sure about the right way to use or apply or about the dosage of products, be sure to either talk to your vet, or do the research to make sure you don’t use the product inappropriately.
Four: Give preference to only powder alternative in case of pups younger than 4 weeks of age, since their skin and coat are relatively much more sensitive.
Five: If you happen to pull out a tick, never ever crush-kill them. Tick-blood is known to give rise to more ticks. Instead, put them in water or kerosene or flush them out.
Preventing flea and tick infestation in future
Though you get rid of Fleas and Ticks for once, your job isn’t over yet. It won’t take much for some more of these insects to find the way to your dog’s body. Here are few tips to protect your dog from Fleas and ticks in future.
These are specially designed to keep fleas and ticks away.Tickless pet ultrasonic tick and flea repeller for pets is one of our most relied collars. The device, that appears as a pendant, sets out ultrasonic rays to keep flea and ticks away. Bayer Kiltix collar for flea and ticks is are commended product as well.
Wondering How to use Flea and Tick Collars? Here is how to use Dog Collars:
- Unpack the Dog collar.
- Remove the plastic strips attached.
- Open the pores by stretching the
- Put the dog collar around the neck.
- Keep a check on the collar now and then.
These Flea and Tick T-shirts available on our website are largely helpful in keeping these bugs away by repelling and preventing fleas and ticks from entering the body of your dog while he is outdoors. An advantage that these T-shirts have over collars is that they offer a greater coverage.
Keep your place dry:
House is generally good when dry, right. What’s more? It is good to keep these pestering insects away as well. Moist or wet places are of course an abode for fleas and ticks.
Bath and Brush:
Make sure you brush and groom the coat of your pet at least once in a week. Use reliable pet grooming and pet care products for this purpose. Hair grooming is one of the ways to keep fleas and ticks away. Use Flea and tick Combs for brushing purposes.
- Keep the dog bed
- Take note of walking your pet in relatively cleaner regions.
- Bath your dog at least once a week.
- Use flea and tick repellent products as suggested by your vet.
Ganga K Kurup
An experienced and professional writer, working to search, create and present most appropriate content and information to those in need. Quite in love with animals and every creation of nature and exceptionally happy to share whatever knowledge I have gained from my love and curiosity for the same. I believe in working towards making the world a better place to live- not just for the human, but also for all the other beings with whom we share this planet.