Some areas stay warm throughout the year, which causes higher number of fleas and ticks. Most of the products used for removing these little irritants contain chemicals like pyrethrins, permethrins and organophosphates that help prevent orkill those tiny ticks and fleas.
Below are three hassle free ways to remove dog fleas and ticks and keep them away.
1. Treatments – Oral Medications, Shampoos, Powder and Tick Dips & Sprays
- Oral Medications like preventive tablets for ticks and fleas could be adopted as on a trial basis. Usually these tablets have to be fed to your canine once a month with a meal. The dosage varies from each dog and its weight.
- You have to be extremely careful before giving any oral medication to your dog as it could lead to a chemical reaction. Chemical reactions to the medications of fleas and ticks could be harmful for some dogs, and to keep your hairy friend’s life secured, you can check the canine health insurance plans and keep your doggie safe.
- Using a flea and tick shampoo could also make a huge difference. First, rinse out your dog with warm water and rub the flea shampoo into its fur. Let the shampoo be on for 10 minutes before another rinse.
- Dips and rinses can too be applied. Mix the tick dip or rinse according to the directions of the label. Once the product has diluted well, soak your dog’s full body with the product. This is also called a flea bath. It shouldn’t be rinsed off.
- Flea and tick sprays are accessible in both aerosol and pump bottle forms. You should choose a spray that includes an adulticide and an insect growth regulator as well. This helps in killing both adult fleas and their eggs, preventing them to go all over the house. Before applying the spray on your dog, ensure that you are wearing gloves for protection. Spray a little amount on your glove and rub the product while spraying in the delicate areas like the face. This keeps your canines’ eyes, nose, mouth and ears safe from the spray and its chemicals.
- A flea powder could also be used in order to finish off the fleas and ticks; which could also be purchased without a veterinarian’s prescription. You are supposed to apply a powder by dusting the powder over your dog’s fur. Make sure that the powder goes right on the skin of your dog rather than just the fur. It might need to be reapplied. The powder should also be sprinkled on the bed of your canine. The similar could be repeated every week.
2. Natural Remedies
- A flea collar helps to ward off fleas without reapplying any medication repeatedly. Only 3-5 drops of cedar or lavender oil with 1-3 tablespoons of water can do wonders. Dilute any one of the mentioned oils in water. Apply this mixture on a bandana or your dogs’ collar. This could be done once a week.
- Flea remedies include a deterring drink that could be made with just one teaspoon of white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Pour this into one quarter of the dog’s drinking water. For every forty pound dog, one teaspoon should be added.
- One freshly sliced lemon and a pot of fresh water is enough to create a flea or tick comb. To do so, boil a pot of water and add slices of a freshly cut lemon (after the water is well boiled) and cover the pot, leaving the same overnight. The next day, dip your dog’s comb in the liquid and brush it through their fur. If your canine has short hair, dipping a sponge and gently rubbing through the body could also work out.
- For a tick and flea spray, 2-3 drops of cedar or lavender oil should be added to one cup apple cider vinegar or distilled vinegar and a quart of fresh water. Fill this mixture in a spray bottle and mist your doggie. Spray away from their eyes, nose, mouth and ears. You could use this spray on the dog’s bed as well.
- A flea and tick bag could be created by using a muslin cloth, chedar chips, 1-2 teaspoons of dried lavender buds and the peel of one lemon. Fill the muslin cloth with the afore-mentioned products and put a rubber band to secure it. This should be placed under your pet’s bedding or near it to shoo away fleas and ticks. This mixture should be changed every month.
- Half cup of lemon juice, one and a half cup of water, and a one-fourth cup of a mild pet-friendly shampoo or soap is needed to create a flea bath for your fur buddy. Mix the previous mentioned items and gently rub the mixture on your dog’s fur and make sure it reaches the skin. Rinse it off after ten minutes.
3. Vacuum and Haircut Should Be Regular for your Dog
- Vacuum thoroughly, especially where ever the pet sleeps or spends the time the most. These hotspots should be vacuumed daily. The dust bag should be sealed in a plastic bag which has too discarded immediately.
- Your dog should regularly be cleaned and its bedding also has to be washed weekly. Treat the bed and its surrounding with a product that contains adulticide.This is the prime area and attacking this first is the best way to get rid of fleas and ticks.
- Make sure your canine gets a haircut regularly while it has ticks and fleas, so that they are easy to spot and kill. Short haircuts are the best for such a time.
Make sure that your pet is insured. Most of the problems might just fade away. And remember to keep a regular check on your hairy fella.