Ticks are parasites that live on the skin of another living being and feed on the blood and cells of that parasitic animal.
They are usually small and increase in size as they feed. Adult ticks can also reproduce and thus cause an infestation in the animal.
When they are in dogs and cats, they usually cause symptoms such as itching, redness of the skin, sores and swelling.
In more severe cases, the pet may have a fever and even minor bleeding.
What is the best remedy for ticks in dogs
The good news is that this parasite can be controlled and eliminated. Ideally, remedies to eliminate ticks are recommended by a veterinarian or veterinarian.
But in common cases the treatment, that is, the application of these remedies, can be done by the owner of the pet.
For this, it is necessary to take some steps such as wearing gloves when handling your infested little friend.
The most common remedies to treat tick infestation are:
Pills and pipettes
Pills and pipettes to fight parasites must be prescribed by a professional. Some examples are:
- Bravecto : this medicine is a single dose. Thus, one pill is enough to treat the pet;
- NexGard : the tablet is chewable and can be mixed in the feed or administered to elderly pets or puppies;
- Simparic : the remedy can be given to puppies over 8 weeks or small pets (over 1.3 kg );
- Frontline : in addition to eliminating ticks, it also eliminates eggs ensuring prolonged protection;
The positive side of these products is that the effect is almost instantaneous, with the longer ones taking 8 hours to start taking effect.
On the negative side, some owners have difficulties in giving these medicines to the dog.
Shampoos and lotions
Washing your pet with shampoos or applying lotions that fight ticks is a good option for puppies, elderly dogs, who have difficulty swallowing or who reject oral medications.
These items usually start to take effect after 3 or 4 applications. But, for the treatment to work, it is necessary that its use is continuous.
The formula of these products is changed so that there is the presence of drug in its composition. Thus, in addition to cleaning your friend, it also eliminates ticks allowing him to have more quality of life.
The pet market has already developed collars that eliminate parasites by contact.
In their composition, these collars have medications that penetrate the animal’s skin and thus eliminate ticks.
Usage is easy and effective, although some take a few days to start taking effect.
The positive side is that the protection of this accessory can last for up to 5 or 6 months, depending on the brand.
Collars must be purchased according to the size of the animal. Thus, a small dog should not wear a collar suitable for a large dog, or vice versa.
It is also recommended to be concerned with the comfort of the animal. Leave a space of 1 or 2 fingers between the collar and the skin, thus avoiding suffocation.
Remember that she will stay for a few months on the neck of the pet that will move, eat, sleep, run and play while wearing the accessory.
What to do to stop ticks?
To put an end to the problem of ticks that reach your pet, it is necessary to take care of the surrounding environment, keeping it clean and properly sanitized. Using the appropriate products according to the veterinary guidance, keeping the animal’s bath and grooming up to date, and isolating the pet are also attitudes that can help.
Learn a little more about each of these tips:
- Do not pluck the ticks: if you do it wrong, it can happen that pieces of the tick will stick to your pet. This tends to cause more itching, which can cause an allergy or infection;
- Take care of the environment: it is possible that this parasite is in cracks in floors, windows, walls, grasses and trees, in short, everything that the dog has contact with. Thus, it is important to sanitize the places where the dog is, wash the blankets and rugs used by the pet and keep the yard and the house clean;
- Bathing and grooming: this tip applies mainly to animals with large hairs. Washing and cutting them frequently prevents ticks from settling. The fleece also makes it easier to discover the problem and undergo treatment;
- Isolate the pet: it is recommended that your pet is isolated from the others. This prevents other animals from being infected and also makes your friend more likely to recover using the defenses of the immune system itself;
- Use the remedies indicated by veterinarians (as): in the pet market, it is already possible to find sprays, pills, ointments, shampoos, creams and even collars that eliminate these parasites.
Home remedies for fleas and ticks
Although they have no scientific proof , some homemade recipes with easily accessible ingredients can be a means of treating tick infestation. Chamomile, apple cider vinegar, citrus fruits and mixes based on citronella or lemon balm are examples of these home remedies that, because they have more natural products, do not harm the animal’s health.
Natural remedies have no scientific proof, that is, they may have no effect.
It is also worth remembering that the animal world is very diverse. There are several breeds, sizes, sizes and rations and therefore, what works for one may not work for another.
Therefore, the most recommended (and safe for your friend) is to talk to a veterinarian before applying some of these methods.
Ticks can be combated with chemical or natural remedies, depending on each case. If in doubt, the most recommended is to seek the help of a veterinarian.
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