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Protect your pup from ticks

Protect your dog from ticks

Learn about four common ways to protect your dog from ticks and the threats ticks can pose, to help them stay happy and healthy.

As you and your best furry friend spend more time outside in the summer sunshine, it’s important to think about being proactive to protect your pal from ticks. These parasites can spread dangerous diseases to your dog–but there are many ways you can fight back. 

Dangers of Ticks

Ticks are parasites that can spread diseases to your dog when they latch onto her. Symptoms can appear from 1 week to months after a bite depending on the disease. Among the most-common tick-borne diseases in New Hampshire include Lyme disease, and types of Rickettsial diseases including canine anaplasmosis, and canine ehrlichiosis. 

If you notice symptoms like these, contact your veterinarian so they can test to determine the cause and treatment:.

  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Lameness
  • Pain or swelling in the joints
  • Loss of appetite or throwing up
  • Nosebleeds
  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Discharge from the eyes

It’s important to catch diseases early and begin treatment quickly. 

Importantly, there’s also a lot you can do to help prevent your pal from getting ticks in the first place. Below are 4 prevention methods that can help keep ticks off your pup.

Protect your dog from ticks

From tick collars to anti-tick shampoos, there are several ways you can help reduce the likelihood of your dog getting ticks. Some involve giving treatments directly to your furry friend, while others involve environmental controls that reduce their exposure to the places that ticks are most commonly found. 

Here are 4 methods to help defend against ticks:

1. Topical Treatments

  • Spot-on Treatments: These are liquid medications applied to a small area on your dog’s back, usually between the shoulder blades. They kill ticks on contact and can repel them before they attach. These types of treatments often last for up to a month. 
  • Tick Collars: These are worn around your dog’s neck and release chemicals that repel ticks, providing long-lasting protection. High-quality tick collars can protect against ticks for several months (typically up to 8 months). 

2. Oral Medications

  • Tick Prevention Pills: These chewable tablets or pills are given to your dog monthly or every three months, depending on the product. They work by distributing the active ingredients through your dog’s bloodstream, allowing them to kill ticks when they bite your dog. 

3. Tick Shampoos

  • Medicated Shampoos: Bathing your dog with tick-repellent shampoos can kill ticks on contact, providing immediate relief by killing ticks already on your dog. However, they offer only short-term protection, so they need to be used regularly.  

4. Tick Sprays

  • Repellent Sprays: Tick sprays can be applied directly to your dog’s coat or used on their bedding and living areas. They offer immediate protection but need to be reapplied regularly. They are especially useful for spot treatments or when you anticipate high exposure to ticks.

Is there an all-natural option for preventing ticks?

Yes! Wondercide is one of our favorite tick- and pest-fighting brands. Their sprays, spot-ons, collars, and shampoos are plant-powered and defend against fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Lab-tested and USA-made, you can pick up Wondercide products at our sister company, The Clever Critter Pet Shop & Bakery, in N. Woodstock, NH.

Each of these options has its benefits and limitations. Always talk to your vet about the best method(s) for your dog, and carefully read the instructions and safety information on any tick treatment. While no defense is perfect, there are many methods that have been found to be effective at reducing the risk of your dog getting ticks and can help protect your furry friend. 

You should also consider pairing treatments like those outlined here with environmental control tactics, such as keeping your yard (and dog) clear of the types of places ticks love, including long grasses, brush, and dense vegetation. Read more about pests and yard maintenance.

No matter what prevention method(s) you choose, you have the power to defend your furry friend and enjoy the great outdoors without worrying so much about ticks!

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