How Did My Dog Get Fleas And or Ticks?

The same as with children catching head lice at school, it goes without saying that if you have a dog it will likely come into contact with fleas and ticks, regardless of what preventative measures you take. Often pet owners may think that as long as they take all of the preventative measures possible, their pooch won’t get ticks or fleas, but there are many different ways that animals can attract them. At Durack Pet Motel we take care to check all dogs that are in our care to ensure that they are not spreading ticks or fleas to other dogs at the motel.

Other Animal Visitors

The thing about animals is that they are not restricted by the fences and walls that we humans put up to keep each other out. Other animals can find ways of entering your garden and they bring with them ticks and fleas, which they leave on branches, grass and fabrics that they come into contact with. Bandicoots and other small rodents are responsible for the little holes that you often see dug out of your yard, and they carry fleas and ticks upon their bodies, which they drop wherever they go. Feral and even neighbourhood cats are adept climbers and spend their nights exploring the world around them, which includes your garden, dropping ticks and fleas wherever they go.

Human Carriers

If someone has unknowingly been in contact with an animal that has fleas or ticks, they may be carrying them on their clothes and could bring them to your yard or infect your dog when they pat it. If you have been visiting a place where there is a high risk of ticks, such as bushwalking, you may have inadvertently picked one up and brought it in on your clothing or shoes. Ticks can last for a long time away from a warm body and they are skilled at tracking down and finding a warm host to attach to and feed off.

Anywhere, Anytime, Outside

The reality is that wherever you go outside of the home, there is a risk of your dog attracting ticks or fleas from other animals, or the surroundings that you visit. Even if you take care to check your dogs for ticks after your return from outside excursions, they could be buried deeply in the fur of your animal, waiting to move around the body and eventually find a warm spot where they can attach themselves. It is important to check your dog every day to ensure that you have not missed a hidden tick, as ticks can bring even the largest dogs down and cause them to become very ill.

Summer – Breeding Season For Ticks & Fleas

There is no doubt that we all enjoy getting out and about in the warmer months of the year. We are more likely to go for a bike ride, forest or mountain walk or beach run in good weather.

Often we take our dogs with us for company, protection and a chance for them to get some exercise as well.

Summer is the season of the bug. All things bug. For your dog the main culprits and cause of irritation, sickness, and even death are fleas and ticks.

With their habit of trekking ahead and around you and diving into bushes they can’t help but pick up these creatures.

Durack Pet Motel has put together some tips on treatment should your dog pick them up and even tips on avoiding these creepy crawlies altogether.

Main Source of Food

Whether we are discussing fleas, ticks, or even worms, there is one thing you can be sure of. Your dog is supplying a great place to live, as well as a healthy source of food.

You can help your pets stay pest free by making them taste horrible.

Apple cider vinegar, B group vitamins, safflower oil, kelp powder, garlic, cloves, and omega 3 and 6 can all be added to their diet to assist with this goal. These products will also boost their immune system giving them an opportunity to become strong and resistant to attack and subsequent infection.

Shampoos and some natural repellents can also assist.

Natural repellents such as pyrethrum, citrus oil, lavender, lemon grass, peppermint, geranium, and citronella go a long way towards fending off ticks, fleas and flies and are not harmful to your pet or its skin.

Dealing With An Infestation

If you discover that your dog has fleas there is a number of ways you can be rid of them without resorting to harsh chemicals.

You can use a flea comb that has some petroleum jelly on it to make sure the ticks stay in the comb. The ticks can be dropped into a small amount of alcohol or soapy water and then simply dispose of this down your toilet.

If you discover a tick on your dog DO NOT squeeze, twist, or pinch it. You may remove the body but not the infection causing head of these potential killers.

Instead, seek immediate professional advice from your local veterinarian.

We hope these tips have helped in some small way to show you it can be easy to not only deal with but avoid these pests.

A soldier removing fleas and ticks from pet with vet's help

Effective Tips for Treating and Avoiding Tick and Flea Infestation in Pets

One of the best ways you can help your pets stay happy and healthy is to give them some of your attention. The adage “all you need is love” has never been more true for your pet. Their whole lives revolve around interaction, which they crave from you.Giving them your attention can also be a sneaky way of inspecting them for pests such as fleas and ticks.

Fleas VS Ticks

Fleas are insects with six legs and they can be found almost everywhere. They can crawl or jump to their host easily. Ticks are not insects, they are considered as arachnids with eight legs. Unlike fleas, they patiently wait for a host to pass them in a position known as “questing”, and then climb on them.

These specific parasites target warm blooded furry animals in which they suck the blood in order to live. As what they say, they survive on blood and blood alone.

How do pets get flicks and ticks?

If you are in the habit of taking your dog for walks, either amongst other dogs or into parks and country areas where these insects may breed, it is essential to give them a regular once over.

  • Fleas and ticks grow in the warm and humid weather and they are active during summer and spring.
  • The ideal temperature for these parasites is within the 70 to 85 degree range.
  • But you must not focus on that range only because they can live in cooler and warmer temperatures as well.
  • They also grow on shrubs, trees, bushes or any plant in your garden that has lots of leaves so it is necessary to trim them frequently.

Inspecting for Ticks

Checking your dog for ticks can be a tricky thing. Even an animal with the shortest fur could be harbouring a tick that is undetectable to the human eye until it has been feasting on its host to the point where its body is swollen.

When looking for a tick it is important to perform the job gently and slowly. Get a comb and softly pull it through your pet’s hair. The reason for this is because a tick burrows its head into the skin of the animal and will feed off it until it is literally “fit to drop”. If you should bump or damage the tick’s body in any way, it may inject further poisons into your pet.

Inspecting for Fleas

Identifying if your pet has fleas can be a little trickier unless the poor animal is infested with them and even then, fleas are masters at hiding away from prying human eyes.

You usually have more luck spotting fleas if you inspect your pet’s belly where the fur is thinner.

Remember again that you are looking for a very small insect that could easily be mistaken for a speck of dirt. Usually, if a flea thinks it has been detected it will move very speedily out of your view into a fold or crease in your pet’s skin or perhaps even into its ears or under arm pits, so be prepared!

If you are seeking the services of clean dog boarding kennels in Brisbane, you will find that you are definitely giving your dog a head start by keeping him or her clean and free of these types of pests.

Our happy and friendly staff members at Durack Pet Motel are more than willing to offer advice on this and any treatments you may be considering.

Steps to avoid flicks and ticks

As much as we want to kill all of them with just a click, we must undergo a couple of steps to fully get rid of those sneaky parasites from getting into you and your furry buddy’s lives. Here are the 5 steps that you must follow:

Special Shampoo

In order to remove the fleas and ticks on your pet’s body, use a special shampoo that contains medical ingredients that generally kills both fleas and ticks including their eggs and larvae on contact. You can ask your veterinarian about the best shampoo that he/she can recommend to your pet.

Ticks Removal

Ticks burrow underneath your pet’s skin which causes its whole body to get itchy. It’s important to remove them immediately using tweezers and make sure to wear gloves. If you don’t feel comfortable, ask an advice from your vet. You can also get a comb and softly pull it through your pet’s hair.

General Indoor Cleaning

  • Wash all your pet’s clothes, linens, beddings, towels, and even toys. Make sure to use the hottest water, high-soil and high drier settings in the washing and drying process to kill the ticks, fleas, and their larvae that might be hiding out. Also, do not forget to wash pet bowls, water dishes, and anything that needs to be washed in the sink that could be housing adults or larvae.
  • Vacuum your entire house and dispose the bags immediately afterwards.
  • Spray your home with an insecticide or pesticide that contains an insect growth regulator which helps prevent reproduction.
  • Apply a desiccant to areas where your pet frequently stay once your spray dries up. This helps dry out and kill insects and arachnids including their eggs.
  • Vacuum, dust, and mop the whole house to pick up dead fleas, ticks, and eggs.

Spray Outside

Ticks can be found in overgrown areas, wooded areas, and tall grasses. Fleas like shaded, damp areas, such as under trees and shrubs. So, it is essential to focus on cleaning these certain areas. You can use the same product you applied inside your home.

REPEAT Process

Do not stop until you fully get rid of the fleas and ticks that are plaguing your home and your furry baby.

If you are seeking the services of clean dog boarding kennels in Brisbane, you will find that you are definitely giving your dog a head start by keeping him or her clean and free of these types of pests.

Our happy and friendly staff members at Durack Pet Motel are more than willing to offer advice on this and any treatments you may be considering.