Find out how to keep your dog safe from fleas and ticks.
Here in Florida, fleas and ticks are are a concern throughout the year. Due to warm temperatures and humidity, fleas and ticks have the perfect place to grow. In our previous article, protecting your dog from fleas and ticks in Florida, we talked about what to do. In this article we will help you be more proactive in flea and tick prevention.
Where do Ticks Hide on Dogs?
Areas on the dog where you can find fleas or ticks.
The most common areas to check on your dog to check are under the collar, under the tail and on the belly. Be sure to check between the toes, on their eyelids, and under the front lets. Don't forget the elbows also! Making an effort to check your dog on a weekly basis or when they come in the house from being outside goes a long way.
Vacuum Your Home Often
Did you know that vacuuming removes up to 30 percent of flea larvae and up to 60% of flea eggs from carpets and beds? This is astonishing, but such an easy way to keep your dogs safe from fleas in your home. PetMD encourages pet owners to vacuum under furniture, cushions, chairs, beds alongside walls. Be sure the through the vacuum cleaner bag away when finished.
And do not forget to vacuum your cars. Nowadays, many people take their dogs wherever they go. So much dirt, debris and trash collects in our cars. Your cars can become warm, shaded place for them breed as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Take Care of the Yard
You may think your dog is safe from ticks in your yard, but beware. Ticks will not live in the open, but near wooded areas that are next to your yard. Places in your hard with shade and decaying leaves creates a warm place for them to thrive.
Raking up leaves and trimming areas that are overgrown will help to prevent ticks. Check out the article on wikiHow for extra ways to prevent ticks on your dog.
Overgrown areas in your yard is a perfect place for ticks. Be on the lookout!
Check for Ticks When Outside
Ticks live in places where there are overgrown shrubs, decaying leaves on the ground and in the woods. They also can detect the body heat coming from a dog. They will wait until your dog is close enough to latch on and begin to feed on them.
Ticks live in wooded areas and along walking trails. Check your dog when outside.
Keep your dog close when walking a trail and going through an area mentioned above. Dog loves to play and explore outside. Be sure to check them for any unwanted hitchhikers.
Clean Your Dog's Bed and Toys
Wherever your dog lays and plays may be hosting some visitors you don't want in your home. Fleas and ticks that is. You dog's bed may provide a warm, shaded place underneath or inside for them to live. Warm, soapy water is enough to clean your dog's toys.
Apple cider vinegar is a natural flea preventative. It's inexpensive and most of us have it in our homes ready for use. Apple cide vinegar doesn't kill fleas. PetMD says, "the smell and taste are off-putting to fleas, which means they [will] avoid your pet."
Apple cider vinegar may be a good option for dog owners who are holistic. This may also be an option for dogs that don't respond well to treatment.
How do you apply apple cider vinegar for fleas? Check out this PetMD article for more information.
Use apple cider vinegar for a natural way to prevent fleas on your dog.
Always Ask a Professional
Here at D'tails Pet, we are not experts on flea and ticks prevention, but we love our dogs. We also want to provide resources to help dog owners keep their fur babies healthy. Whenever you find fleas and ticks on your dog, please get help. Talk to your local veterinarian for more information. If you do not have a veterinarian, give us a call and we will help you find one.