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How to deal with ticks on dogs

Posted by: Tim Berrisford  Date: 19/06/2015   Category: Expert Advice

As the weather is getting warmer, there has been an increase in ticks across the UK and it is important that all dog owners do all they came to eliminate the risk of their dog getting these frustrating parasites.

Whilst ticks are an annoyance to both dog owner and dog they are also more serious than that. They carry a bacterial infection commonly known as Lymes Disease which can cause devastating illness such as kidney damage, inflammation of the joints and complications of the nervous system. The ticks can also affect humans as they are not always picked up on by dog owners and can over time make humans feel unwell and cause health problems as they remain unnoticed and untreated. Ticks can be picked up easily either by yourself or your dog as you walk your dog daily through woodlands, longer grass and anywhere that has deer passing through.

Fortunately, there are several ways to remain tick free and healthy. A natural repellent is rose geranium which comes in the form of an oil which when mixed with water can be sprayed onto your dogs collar, harness and lead and will keep the ticks away whilst making your dog smell good in the process as well. However be sure not to spray your dog with the spray.

Your local vets will be able to guide to towards a few products and brands that they recommend using such as sprays and spot on treatments. Whilst these options may seem fairly expensive, they tend to be very reliable and effective. Each brand and type of product will last for different periods of time so be sure to check this out and see which product is best suited for you and your dog. They cause no harm to your pet and will keep them free from pesky ticks with ease.

Another way to keep on top of ticks would be to check your dogs skin yourself after every walk and you will be able to remove them before they latch on to your dog. If your dog has long hair then be sure to check through this too as well as on the skin as ticks tend to hide as well as they possibly can. If your dog in unfrotuante enough to get ticks then you will need to remove them as soon as possible. You can use a pair of tweezers however a tick tool can sometimes be easier and quicker to use. If you need advice on dog health then contact your local vets who will be happy to help you.