As a responsible pet owner, you need to make sure that your pet gets regular exercise, a nutritious and healthy diet and lots of love. However, there are a few health risks that you also must protect your pet dog from. These health risks are caused by pests like fleas and ticks. These pests can make your dog very sick. They suck blood and can make your dog’s skin to itch, causing them to scratch themselves furiously. Ticks can cause severe skin rashes and may even cause fatal diseases. Some are very hard to spot and usually hide in specific locations on a dog’s body as illustrated below:
It is imperative that you take the right steps to keep your pets pest free. Firstly, you need to control the exposure to ticks. Avoid taking your dog out to areas with tall grass or bushes. Prevention is always better than cure as you must have heard. So, make sure that you prevent your dog from coming in contact with pests in the first place.
How to remove a tick
If you live in a tick-infested area then check the usual spots on your dog’s body for ticks every night. Ticks would feel like a lump and touching them will irritate your dog. Use any commercially available tick removal device and pull the tick off. Do not touch them with bare hands as tick diseases are transmittable to humans as well.
Tips to keep your pet dog pest free
- There are numerous tick-killing products available in the market, consult your vet for recommendations.
- You can use apple cider vinegar on your dog’s skin, it will keep your dog’s coat fresh and control the infestation of parasites like fleas, ticks and other kind of pests that trouble dogs.
- Regular grooming is recommended to keep your dog’s fur coat clean and healthy.
- Avoid taking them to tick infested areas or places with tall grass or bushes.
- You can rub coconut oil on your dog’s skin and then bathe them with a Dog Flea Shampoo.
- Make treats for your pet dog with brewer’s yeast and garlic. The smell of garlic repels ticks!
- Coat sprays such as cloves and camphor spray and a mix of alcohol, distilled water and essential oils etc. also works well.
- A lemon, salt and vinegar spray is a great remedy but it can be irritating for your dog’s tick infected skin.
- Do regular cleaning of your house. Give extra attention to those areas where your dog mostly spends his time.