Summer is here and this means more fun times spent outdoors for you, your family and your dog. But it also has a downside: flea and tick season. They can be a real source of discomfort for your pet, but luckily there are solutions.
Ticks love dogs as much as we do
Ticks attach themselves to your dog by inserting their heads into the skin and drinking the blood (lovely!). They are picked up in damp, wooded areas or areas with low shrubs and undergrowth. You may see them on your dog if they have light coloured fur and this is the time to remove them all of them before they bite. Once they’ve attached, their bodies start to fill with blood and you may feel them on your pet, usually found in the folds of their skin around their ears, or joints.
Check your dog regularly
A tick infestation can be serious as they are carriers of various diseases. A few ticks are easily dealt with, but a tick infestation in a small dog or one with a weakened immune system can develop into anaemia and even death. They may or may not bother your dog, but it’s still important to check them regularly, especially if they have been in an environment where ticks might live.
Remove them safely
Removing embedded ticks can be tricky, so please never use a match or other supposed home remedies you might come across on Google or YouTube. Refer to reliable sources such as the RSPCA who recommend using special tools and twisting rather than pulling. If you don’t fully remove the head, it may become infected.
Fleas are more common than you think
Fleas are easy for your pet to catch and hard for you to get rid of - they too thrive in the humid environment of animal fur. Similar to ticks, Fleas bite your dog and suck their blood for food. If your pet picks up fleas from outdoors they breed quickly, especially in summer and can jump from one pet to another and may even land on you.
In addition to itching from the bites, your pet may also develop redness or hot spots, which could develop more quickly if your dog has a flea allergy.
Prevention is better than picking them out
We highly recommend NexGard as a safe and effective treatment for fleas and ticks and other parasites, killing them before they have chance to lay their eggs. The treatment can be used in puppies from the age of 8 weeks and in animals weighing over 4 lbs and best of all it comes in the form of a treat, which the dog swallows easily, as opposed to some other foul-smelling liquid treatments that need to be applied to the dog’s neck. Please note you will need to get a prescription from your vet. We recommend Cuffes on Abbeville Road.
If you have any queries about this please do reach out to us and we'll be happy to help.
Bruno & Team