Tick treatment in dogs
Posted on October 08 2018
Ticks are an evil that should not be taken lightly. Not content to pump the blood of our dogs, they can also transmit more or less serious conditions. Tick treatment is a necessary step for more than one reason.
If they are rife mainly on the return of the beautiful days in spring or autumn , ticks are present all year long , constituting a permanent threat for our dogs. These mites are not only responsible for itching in our four - legged friends, but they are also carriers of a range of pathogens that can cause all kinds of diseases.
Not to mention the allergic reactions that they are likely to trigger. It is therefore important to prevent and fight ticks to preserve the well-being and health of our dogs at the same time. Which products to trust? There are various treatments whose effectiveness varies from one dog to another.
Ticks, who are they?
Ticks are among the main external parasites of the dog, with fleas. These are tiny red-brown mites whose abdomen grows as it fills with the blood of its host .
Living in particular on tall grass , they are on the watch for the passage of any animal likely to become their pantry. Dogs are part of their favorite "prey". Once installed on one of them, they cling to their skin by planting their rostrum . They can then begin to feed on the animal's blood , while injecting a kind of saliva . It is through this that the mite transmits pathogens potentially carrying disease. Babesia canis , responsible for piroplasmosis , is one of the said pathogens. The Lyme disease andEhrlichiosis are also diseases transmitted by ticks.
So it goes to the health of the dog, because some of these diseases can attack essential organs and functions, sometimes leading to death. Itching and allergies also lurk for tick-infested dogs.
The qualities sought in an anti-tick products are effective in prevention , that as healing , resistance to moisture and its effect on the duration .
There are several types of treatments with varying levels of effectiveness:
- The powders , for example, are less used
- the ultrasound , have mainly been ineffective
- The sprays can give good results, but they have the disadvantage of not being able to wash or bathe the dog for a certain period (usually 2 days). They nevertheless make it possible to treat also the environment of the dog: niche, sleeping, etc.
- the collars amitraz or deltamethrin help prevent infestations, but again, their effectiveness varies from one animal to another and depending on the model.
- anti-ticks in the form of a pipette are not without interest. Simple to apply, they must be administered in the right place (at the base of the neck, between the shoulder blades) and the results are not guaranteed in cases of major infestations.
- the tablets and cachets palatable , which belong to the forms of the most recent anti-tick, have the advantage to act, in addition, against internal parasites and fleas .
The choice of treatment will therefore depend on several criteria, including the lifestyle of the dog: if he is often exposed to moisture, if he lives mainly indoors or outdoors, etc. Also, the same product can be effective in one dog and be totally useless in another. There is no predefined rule. Seek advice from your veterinarian allows to move towards the best treatment adapted .
How to remove a tick from your dog yourself?You will probably find a small size on the body of your dog by stroking. Generally, small grayish balls hanging on the dog's skin are visible.
To remove it, just bring a tick hook . You can purchase this instrument directly from your veterinarian . It will then disinfect the area of the bite with a usual product.
Warning: watch your dog carefully the following days for a tick bite. If you notice unusual tiredness, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, or even very dark urine, check with your veterinarian to rule out the possibility of piroplasmosis.