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.