Ticks and fleas can cause all sorts of grief to your dog. But if your dog does come into contact with either, there are steps you can take to prevent suffering, and in the case of ticks, even prevent death.
â€œFleas and flea allergies are more prevalent in the warmer weather so itâ€™s doubly important to use flea control products,â€ says Chris Taylor from Aussie Pooch Mobile. There are over 2400 species of fleas and they are hardy little creatures, so itâ€™s necessary to treat your dog, his bedding, his house and his surrounds.â€
Regular bathing and grooming is also recommended.
â€œThe use of the hydrobath, gentle cleaning solutions and grooming techniques will help reduce hair shedding, particularly at this time of the year and brushing provides a revitalising overall massage that also helps loosen dirt and grit and encourages production of natural oils to keep the coat shiny, reducing the risk of your dog becoming flea-infested,â€ says Chris.
Special formulas can also help relieve symptoms if your dog has been flea bitten. Environmentally friendly solutions with pyrethrin will help relieve itching, promote healthy skin and are also insecticidal. Other solutions will help repair damage to your dogâ€™s skin and soothe inflamed skin already affected by flea infestation.
But remember, prevention is best so take the appropriate steps to keep your dog flea-free.
â€œThe warmer weather is also notorious for attracting ticks, which when left unchecked can be deadly,â€ says Chris.
Paralysis ticks are known as Ixodes Holocyclus. They inject toxin with their saliva which causes paralysis. Symptoms* can be varied and many, so watch for:
- a slight stagger to very wobbly
- voice change
- retching, gagging or vomiting
- respiratory difficulties, respiratory paralysis
- Remove tick with a pair of tweezers or tick remover (check our previous blog post for more details)
- Try NOT to stimulate the tick before removal
- Check your dog all over, as often there is more than one tick
â€œClipping or thinning the coat in tick season (summer) is advisable. There are a lot of preventative products on the market, but none are 100% effective. When checking for ticks, look in areas such as gums, nose passages and around eyes, the best measure is to check your dog dailyâ€. says Chris.
And as with fleas, having a clean, knot-free coat not only makes your dog feel better, it makes it easier when checking for ticks.
Aussie Pooch Franchisees provide friendly helpful advice on how to look after your dogâ€™s best wellbeing and have products and solutions that will help keep these nasties at bay and help relieve a dog that is already affected.
*If symptoms are severe, itâ€™s advisable to see your vet immediately.