Many health-conscious pet owners are experimenting with natural flea and tick preventers. One of the best natural preventatives for reducing infection is committing to daily and thorough tick checks. According to Dr. Becker a tick must be imbedded for 48 hours to infect its host with Lyme disease. Therefore, the sooner you find the tick, the better the chances your dog wasn’t infected.
So, what to do?
That being said, a dog owner must consider the following:
Don’t let fleas and ticks ruin your dog’s summer fun!
Not sure whether to go natural or conventional for prevention? Read on … we’ve got you covered!
Summer is the season of swimming, hiking, BBQ’s and fun in the sun! But, it’s also the dreaded tick, flea, and mosquito season.
Living in Wisconsin puts us in high-density tick country, so it’s important to carefully consider the characteristics of your dog and your lifestyle to minimize bites and possible infection.
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Most people are aware that ticks can carry Lyme disease. The disease usually presents itself with symptoms of fatigue, fevers and/or aches and pains when it first sets in. If left untreated, Lyme disease can progress and cause damage to nerves and heart and muscles.
Ticks can carry other diseases that can infect dogs, cats and humans as Dr. Karen Becker of Mercola natural health experts noted.
Searching for ticks on large dogs with a thick coat can easily take an hour or more. Ticks can be hard to find even on dogs with shorter, thinner coats. So, it’s imperative that a dog owner be realistic about the time and dedication this process will take.
Along with daily checks, many natural remedy users add essential oils like lemongrass, cinnamon, geranium and neem to their regimen. Pets who get regular baths (at least one a week) with peppermint or neem shampoos are more likely to stave off ticks, fleas and mosquitos. Brushing with a flea comb helps as well.
We admit, this is a lot of work. And some dog owners have not been able to keep ticks and fleas away using these methods (again, it all depends on where you live, time spent outdoors, your dog’s fur, etc.)
Many vets recommend giving pets either a monthly pill like NexGard or treat the skin with a topical tick deterrent. Both involve chemicals that are made to kill the ticks (and fleas) before the parasites have time to spread disease.
Every pet owner needs to come up with the best decision for them, their pets and the lifestyle they lead. Some owners feel the reliability of using a more conventional (chemical) tick preventer outweighs the risk of being infected with Lyme or other diseases. Other pet owners simply don’t have the time for daily, thorough checks – and we get it!
Whatever the case, being vigilant with the plan of action you take is the key to success.Here’s to a happy, healthy summer!