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5 Top Methods of Protecting your Dog from Ticks and Fleas

It can be a bit of a nuisance to deal with ticks and fleas on your dog. Not only do these parasites look unpleasant, but they can also be somewhat hard to dislodge. And if left on your dog for too long, they can bring about some major diseases. So to keep your do flea and tick-free, what steps should you take? Luckily, there are a number of ways to do this effectively, although they work differently.Here are some of the best tick and flea prevention methods you may want consider:

Oral medications

You can find pills that you may administer orally to your dog once a month. These oral medications work to wipe out ticks as well as immature fleas. The pills are easy to administer, and you won’t have to be concerned about your kids or other pets coming into contact with the dog afterward, as is the case with topical treatments.
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Spot-on treatments
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The use of spot-on treatments is another effective methods of getting rid of and preventing both fleas and ticks. The medication can be purchased from your local pet store, your vet, or online. Spot-on medications can provide your dog up to one month of protection from parasites. However, despite the effectiveness of these treatments, you’ll still need to use them carefully. Make sure you go through all the labels carefully, and in case of any lingering doubts, ask your vet for help.

Using shampoos

To kill fleas and ticks on contact, bathe your dog with shampoo products that contain medicated ingredients. This routine, though a bit labor-intensive is an inexpensive way of protecting your dog from a bug infestation in the peak seasons–spring and summer. It is however recommended that you repeat this process at least once every two weeks because the preventive ingredients won’t last as long as spot-on treatments and oral medications.

Sprays

This is yet another treatment that’s applied topically, and can kill as well as prevent flea and tick infestations. You can use tick sprays when you plan to take your dog out into the woods, where the parasites are most prevalent. It’s important that you use this product carefully, as is the case with other tick and flea control products. Don’t use it too close to the dog’s face or on other pets (such as cats).

Clean your lawn and house

One of the best preventative measures you can take is to keep your house and lawn tidy.Keeping your lawn and house tidy is one of the best preventive measures you can take.Trimming the lawn, trees, and bushes will help lower the population of ticks and fleas in your yard. By ensuring that the bugs have fewer areas to live, you will have fewer of them to deal with.