What Are Ticks?
Ticks make dogs and their owners crazy. Not only do these elusive parasites threaten the health and well-being of our precious friends, they foster a sense of diminished control for responsible dog parents. Instead of enjoying the presence and personality of a dog, one worries, loses sleep, or is also attacked by these tiny biters. Lucky for everybody, spot on flea and tick treatments offer complete and immediate protection.
What Is Tick Treatment?
Tick spot treatment applies in seconds and provide month-long, complete protection from blood hungry parasites. Spot on treatment is packaged in individual doses of liquid and is applied by pouring the liquid onto the back of your dog, just between the shoulders. Use several spots for a larger animal to avoid irritation. From there, the medicine is absorbed into your dog’s system and goes to work instantly. Just be sure your dog doesn’t roll around and rub the medicine off in the few minutes after application.
When deciding on which tick products to use on your dog, you need to carefully read the labels on all products. It is very important you purchase the correct dosage for your dog, and that you use only approved products for your dog’s particular age, weight, health status, and species. Use special care if your dog is very young, very old, pregnant, nursing, sick or debilitated, or if it has had a previous sensitivity to any of these products.
Dogs should only be given tick products designed for use on dogs. While they may not be harmful, products made for cats may not be as effective on dogs. If you also have a cat, do not use your dog products on your cat, as they can be harmful. Always ask your veterinarian’s advice, even when you are planning to purchase your flea and tick products from a dog store or online supplier.
When brushing or petting your dog, if you notice tiny clumps of soil-like material, that’s flea dirt. Flea dirt was once your dog’s blood, but it’s fecal matter now. A female flea can lay five hundred eggs in a lifetime, and once fleas locate a life source, they won’t disappear so easily. If you notice flea dirt, patches of missing hair, or nibbling at the hide, you likely have fleas and your dog needs treatment. There are many different spot on treatments on the market. Find the product right for your household, your dog, and your budget.
How To Apply Tick Spot Treatment
Find a time when your household is traditionally the most peaceful. Avoid wrestling with your dog during this process so your loved one doesn’t associate the application of this medicine with a negative experience.
When your dog is at ease, open the treatment. If you find the right moment to apply treatment, you don’t want to worry about breaking open the container while keeping your dog close by.
Apply treatment directly to your dog’s skin, at the nape of the neck. Bigger animals use a larger dose size, so use several spots along their back to avoid irritation. Be sure to follow the directions provided with the medicine, and consult your veterinarian if you need additional clarity.
Don’t rush. This medicine absorbs into the skin slowly, and experts recommend maximum absorption for maximum effectiveness. Maintain a calm demeanor as dogs are sensitive to the anxieties of their owners.
If you have other dogs of different sizes or species, it’s recommended to keep treated dogs apart for twenty-four hours while the medication absorbs.
Monitor your dog and keep your furry friend from rolling on any valuable household items. Your dog will feel the presence of the medicine and will want to rub it off, so keep an eye out to avoid diminished doses or damage to your property immediately after application.
How Do Tick Treatments Work?
After application, the treatment is carried by the circulatory system of your dog. Any parasite that ingests your dog ‘s blood ingests certain death in the form of pesticide that, as long as you follow directions, should not impact your dog health. Many spot on treatments include Insect Growth Regulators, which prevent flea eggs from hatching or Insect Development Inhibitors, which prevent hatched fleas from further maturation. Parasites are simple creatures: they want to drink blood and reproduce. Spot on treatment halts parasitic progress at every stage of life. You’ve got plenty to worry about, might as well cross parasites off the list.
Monitor For Adverse Effects
After applying, keep an eye on your dog for any reactions or sensitivity to the product. This is especially important when using a particular tick product for the first time on your dog. Keep the packaging for the product for at least a day after application so that you have information on the kind of ingredients used, as well as contact information for the company that manufactured the product.
Signs of sensitivity to pesticides include:
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Stumbling or incoordination
Drooling excessively or foaming at the mouth
Lack of apdogite
If you notice any unusual behaviour shortly after applying a preventive product, call your veterinarian immediately. Bathe your dog completely in soapy water and rinse its coat with copious amounts of water.
If you believe your dog has had an adverse reaction to a flea or tick preventive product, call your veterinarian immediately. You may also wish to inform the company that manufactured the product. All manufacturers are required to report any incidents to the EPA. Contact information should be clearly indicated on the packaging for the product
Working with your veterinarian and carefully reading labels will help you to reduce the incidence of reactions to flea and tick preventive products. Make sure you know your dog’s correct weight and the proper application technique. If you are careful, the possibility is much lower that your dog will experience any adverse effects.