Why are dog ticks dangerous?

 

Our pets, not rarely, become our entire lives. And we want them to have long, prosperous lives, filled with happy moments that make us feel that mythical bond between man and dog. And not only that, but we want our companions to live healthy and comfortable lives. And one of the biggest threats to that purpose is ticks.

First things first. What are ticks?  They are bugs that usually carry a disease-causing bacteria, which can be a real nuisance if not caught on time. Not only that, but they also feed on blood, and if they are numerous, they can cause anemia and even local infections at the insertion point.

Ticks are little pests that can be found almost everywhere in nature, especially in wet grass and in forests. So every time you take your dog for a run, check to see if everything is ok when you come back home. And in case you find one, remove it, but don’t be alarmed. They are vectors for some types of diseases, but not all of them are infectious.

When should you get alarmed, you ask? Well, usually they are a few symptoms that might indicate your dog contracted a virus or a harmful bacteria. Watch out for persistent weakness and lethargy, see if the dog is losing weight or if it is vomiting, and check the stool for diarrhea. Sometimes joint swelling might appear and even anemia, which you can check by taking a blood test.

If the symptoms last only for a few minutes or hours, it’s a good sign. But go and see your local vet, just to double check and to see if you’re actually safe and sound. Also, some of the symptoms might appear a long time after the exposure to the parasite, as some diseases have an extended incubation period.

Some of the most known conditions a dog can get from a tick are the temporary tick paralysis which disappears soon after you remove it, the famous Lyme disease that even humans can get, and Ehrlichiosis.

To prevent all of that is quite easy nowadays. One of the best things to do is to always check your dog after going outside, even if it only runs in your backyard. And since we live in a modern age, there are special products on the market, collars and sprays, which are very effective in preventing ticks and other parasites from attaching to your pet.

So knowing all this, it must be easier for you to ensure your pet is living its best life and that you can have it for a long time next to you. Ticks are easy to prevent with a little dedication and care, and you should definitely invest in a product that keeps them away so you can sleep peacefully at night.

 

How to get the right flea product for your dog

 

Owning a dog is one of the most rewarding things in this world, even though it also comes with a great responsibility. Apart from your unconditional love, your pooch also requires a good and comfortable shelter, proper winter and summer booties, fresh food an water, as well as regular visits to the vet, daily walks, and grooming products.

So, if you’re not entirely prepared for the commitment, I suggest waiting for a little longer. You could test your limits by walking your friends’ dogs and interacting with them for a straight few days. If you still want your own dog after caring for them 24/7, you’re more than welcome to join the club.

But, speaking of grooming products, one of the nastiest things about dogs is a flea infection. Luckily, you can prevent fleas with a wide array of products and natural substances, so let’s have a look at the most popular remedies on the web.

Natural flea repellents

There are plenty of natural flea remedies your dog can use both internal and external. Garlic, for instance, is one of the most powerful flea repellents but it could be harmful in large amounts. I suggest feeding your dog no more than one small clove of garlic per day, depending on its weight. Start feeding it one month prior to the flea season and you will notice improvements in your dog’s coat and personal health. Garlic is also a natural antibacterial and antiseptic ingredient, so it is also powerful enough to keep your dog away from flues and stomach problems.

Another great natural remedy is the classic apple cider vinegar in combination with water. You can use it both internally and externally, but I suggest the old fashioned way – spraying solution. For that, you will need around 50/50 warm water and apple cider vinegar, plus a one-quarter spoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt. Mix the ingredients together and spray the solution on your dog’s coat once a week, but avoid eye contact.

Anti-flea collars and shampoos

If you don’t fully trust the natural methods, you can also opt for the grooming industry solutions or the classic anti-flea collars. The latter has the great advantage that they can be worn all day long, even when bathing or cooling in the pool. The effect lasts for up to 6 months after you take off the collar, provided that you prolong the action with additional anti-flea products.

Anti-flea shampoos are also extremely popular, and they come in countless sizes, shapes, and scents. I suggest using one with natural active ingredients that has a neutral pH and will also provide a beautiful and luscious coat to your dog.

These shampoos shouldn’t be used more than once every two weeks, avoiding the eye and ear areas.