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You might have noticed that your pets have suddenly started attracting more unwanted parasites these days. Don’t despair! This is exactly what happens at the end of the winter season, when all ticks and fleas begin to wake from their hibernation to attack our beloved pets making them scratch and itch uncontrollably. Ticks can cause far more harm than just irritable skin. They can cause major diseases in both pets and humans by transmitting infections and parasites such as tapeworms! If your pets develop fever, sores or rashes around their tick bites please make an appointment with your vet immediately.
Ticks can live without food for several months, but as soon as they wake and the female of the species feasts on your pet’s blood, it starts the process of creating eggs. Shockingly each female tick can deliver about 4000 eggs on the host’s fur and within its living environment! So it is not just enough to keep removing these fleas and ticks from your pets. As a responsible PetParent you have to remove them from your indoor and outdoor environment entirely otherwise they will continue to breed and destroy both yours and your precious pets’ piece of mind.
Step 1: Remove all ticks from your pets’ fur!
The first step in protecting your pets from fleas and ticks is to check their fur everyday. This can be achieved by simply running your hand through your pet’s fur while you play with it or while giving it it’s daily brushing. You should always brush your pet’s fur for about 15 minutes a day. It would be advisable to wear a pair of latex gloves while removing any ticks as they can transfer diseases and infections to humans through any cracked piece of skin. If you notice any ticks gently remove them with a pair of tweezers and be careful not to squeeze the tick’s stomach in particular or to twist or turn the tick as you remove it. You have to follow this protocol in order to ensure that the tick does not release any harmful enzymes into your pet’s blood stream as you remove it. After picking it off your pet’s skin place the tick in a container filled with a mixture of Detol and water to kill it fast and effectively.
Step 2: Remove all ticks from your environment!
There are many ways in which you can protect your indoor and out door environment from pests such as ticks and other parasites. Be sure to have your gardener spray your garden with an insecticide that effectively kills all suck pests. When you do this be careful to keep your pets away from the sprayed areas for at least 24 hours, as these pesticides can be very harmful for them as well. Do not let them lick or smell any plants or grasses that have been sprayed till 24 hours have passed.
Ticks have a habit of hiding in dark areas and crevices around the house. Vacuum your house thoroughly! Be sure to check the spaces underneath your curtains, gaps under sofas and beds as well as your cushions and your pets’ bedding and its general hangout areas. Vacuuming will help you remove about 50% of your problem but to be completely on the safe side use the following list of products designed to keep you house safe:
These products are easy and safe to use on furnishings, carpets and pet bedding’s and will ward fleas and ticks off from 6 to 12 months.
Step 3: Prevent ticks from attacking your beloved pets!
You can use products such as flea sprays to help your pets fight off ticks. You can use products such as Frontline Dog and Cat Sprays or the local Remu Front Liner Sprays that are just as good but please be advised that these are highly chemical sprays designed to kill all ticks, fleas and more resilient pests and can be very harmful if ingested by our pets. You have to be careful to read the instructions for their use very carefully and avoid spraying it anywhere near the face to avoid your pet’s eyes, nose and mouth. During the first 24 hours, after spraying your pet, make sure it does not lick its fur. You should also avoid direct contact with its sprayed fur for the first 24 hours. We suggest wearing latex gloves while spraying your pet’s fur and using an Elizabethan Collar on your pet to protect it from ingesting the pesticide for at least a day.
We highly recommend using all-natural tropical sprays instead. These are only made from organic ingredients that do not cause pets any harm or side effects in any way whatsoever. They are extremely gentle yet very effective in warding off any and all ticks, fleas and other pests as well as allergens such and as pollen and dust-mites that cause irritations in pets with sensitive skin.
PetKiss Natural Dander Free Spray (8 Fl. Oz)
Other products such as tick and flea preventive shampoos, drops and tablets are also advisable but it is more important to rectify your pet’s diet. If you add a small amount of garlic to your pet’s diet their blood becomes automatically unappealing to parasites such as these. Vampires might not exist but the old adage about garlic warding off bloodsuckers is in fact true. Be careful to use the appropriate quantity however as too much garlic can be dangerous for dogs and specially cats since they are much smaller in size. A quarter clove would be sufficient for small pets such as cats while half a clove would suffice for medium to larger sized dogs. If you give your pets fresh home cooked food mix the garlic in while the meal is still cooking. Otherwise it would be more appropriate to use Johnson’s Garlic Tablets for Cats and Dogs (200 tablets-50g)
We sincerely wish all pets the best of health and hope that this advice helps our beloved PetParents! Please feel free to share your tips and advice so that we can learn from your experiences as well.