For dogs, parasites are just a fact of life. Even owners of indoor dogs aren’t safe from these persistent invaders. While it may seem like there’s no getting around these pests, you can definitely take steps to keep your dog safe.
Here’s our recommended methods for preventing fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes from pestering your pooch.
How Do I Protect My Dog From Fleas And Ticks?
Fleas and ticks are known to carry deadly diseases, so it’s important that you reduce your dog’s exposure to them as much as possible. Fleas and ticks can transmit or cause:
All of these conditions are capable of causing serious health complications. They can also be fatal if left untreated.
The easiest and most effective treatment for fleas and ticks is to use a flea growth inhibitor. That may sound super technical, but you’ve probably heard of these products before. Here’s a few of the most common brands:
These medications are given to your dog on a monthly basis. Most will actively kill fleas, ticks, flea larvae, and flea eggs for the entire month.
We don’t advise using a flea collar, because they only kill adult fleas around a dog’s neck, they do not sterilize eggs or kill larvae. Flea growth inhibitors kill all the fleas on your dog’s body, AND they ensure that eggs and larvae don’t mature either. This actively prevents future infestations.
Before you commit to buying a flea growth inhibitor make sure that it treats fleas and ticks. Some products will only protect against fleas. At DogBoy’s, we prefer to use Trifexis. It covers the big three parasites: heartworms, fleas, and ticks.
What About Natural Methods Of Flea And Tick Prevention?
We don’t recommend using natural methods of flea or tick prevention for the average dog owner. This is simply because they require diligent and consistent application in order to be effective. Unfortunately, most dog owners are so busy that they cannot actively keep up on such a diligent regimen of treatment. One slip up in treatment can lead to an infestation.
However, natural remedies can be healthier for your dog because they don’t rely on chemicals or pesticides. If you want to try this method of prevention AND are committed to being diligent about treatment, we recommend trying Wondercide products. They’re a local company that makes chemical-free flea and tick repellent.
How Do I Stop Mosquitoes From Biting My Dog And Transmitting Heartworms?
Mosquitoes are much more difficult to control because they don’t require a host to transmit diseases. Any puddle of stagnant water can breed mosquitoes. Afterwards, they fly from yard to yard biting dogs and humans alike.
Mosquitoes are the primary carrier of heartworm larvae, which are almost always fatal if left untreated and allowed to multiply. If you live in one of the more heavily affected areas then it’s imperative you prevent as many mosquito bites as possible.
The good news is that you can actually mosquito proof your own yard. We recommend using a company called Mosquito Squad. They can set up a barrier around your home with protective spray that lasts up to 21 days, and can easily set up year round service so you can enjoy your yard with your dog anytime.
However, your dog will still be vulnerable while on walks and during other trips outside. To keep them safe, use a heartworm preventative to neutralize any heartworm larvae that they might pick up from a stray bite.
Parasite prevention and treatment is critical to keeping your dog safe and healthy. If you have any questions about specific medications or preventative strategies, don’t hesitate to contact us today and find out how we keep the Ranch parasite-free.
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