If you own a dog, you obviously have dealt with fleas and ticks a handful of times. These creatures, although tiny and almost invisible, are so pesky and persistent, figuring out ways to climb up to your dog simply because it is their only means of survival. Although you feel for their need to survive, these creatures cannot in any way be allowed to carry out an infestation because they carry with them nasty stuff like skin infection and diseases.
First things first, winning the battle against fleas and ticks means knowing what products to use and then figuring when to ideally use them. Also, your location and the climate in your area are also very important factors. For example, you expect to deal with the worst annoyance from fleas in hot climates or in any location during the summer season. Ticks on the other hand most likely will appear during spring and summer. But then again, you also must realize that both ticks and fleas don’t really die or disappear even in seasons you don’t expect them to be active; they just try to hide or dormant.
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In your hope of defeating fleas and ticks that threaten the health and safety of your pet dog, you need to value the importance of learning the signs. If you don’t know how to look for the signs, it is impossible to give treatment to your canine buddy. However, if you see the signs and still ignore them, then the simple infestation of fleas or ticks could lead to more serious problems like the spread of disease or serious skin infection.
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The nice thing about most flea treatments these days is that you get to choose products that also eliminate and prevent ticks and other pests. At this point, the two most common treatments come in the form of spot-on treatments and pills. There also are shampoos, sprays, and collars.
Before you do use any flea treatment option, it is best that you first seek your veterinarian’s advice. This is important because you might be using something that could do more harm than good to your dog. The fact is it is important that you visit a vet if your dog is very old, still a puppy, or maybe pregnant or nursing young ones; the same holds true for a dog that’s taking other medications or is known to have allergic reactions to certain chemicals.
Lastly, don’t ever use products that are designed for use to other animals to your dog. If you ignore this, you could end up killing your dog in the process. You always should follow the instructions in the product label because there’s also the risk of overdosing.