Want to protect your dog from ticks and fleas? Of course you do. Can you imagine a mosquito sucking your blood and you can’t get it off? No thanks! Not only are they annoying, they are harmful to your pets. Using these 7 simple tips below and protect your dog from fleas and ticks and have a healthier and happier dog.
Let’s dive in shall we…
Do year round flea and tick prevention.
Fleas and ticks, like most humans, love temps around 65 and 80 degrees. I hear fleas and ticks can also survive inside during the winter. So you should be preventing fleas and ticks all year long for your pets. Talk with your vet about the best flea and tick prevention products for your dog. Sound good? Awesome!
Check for fleas and ticks regularly
If you are in an area where there could be fleas and ticks, check your dog as soon as possible. Some ticks, like deer ticks, have to bite and stay attached for 24 hours before it can transmit diseases like Lyme. So best to check your dog immediately and let your vet know too. Be sure to check your dogs ears, armpits, and skin and also keep an eye on your dogs behavior for loss of appetite, limping, or lethargy.
Regularly groom your dog
Not only does it feel amazing, you get to spend some time with your best friend. So it’s a win win because you will be able to check for fleas and ticks often.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
Keep your house and yard clean. Fleas and ticks like tall grass. So keep that mowed down. Fleas also like moist shady areas. So rake the leaves and brush from your yard. Don’t give these nasty critters more places to hide.
Here are some natural ways to prevent fleas and ticks on dogs…
Massage lemon juice on your dogs coat
Doing this should kill most of the fleas. Put the same amounts of lemon juice and warm water in a spray bottle and get to work. Spray all over with extra focus behind the ears and head, by the bottom of the tail and under his legs. Don’t forget to massage so that it reaches his skin. Do this once a day for a few days.
Use apple cider vinegar as a flea and tick repellent
Apple cider vinegar is amazing isn’t it? You can give this to your dog by mouth or by spraying on your dog like mosquito spray. Do give it orally, mix 1 tbsp of ACV in your dogs water. Once every fews days should work. Those fleas and ticks won’t like the acidic taste coming from your dogs skin. To use as a repellent, just mix the same into a spray bottle and spray away. Mainly focus under the legs, around the tail, and behind the ears.
Use lavender essential oil
Place a few drops of lavender oil in the problem spots. First wash your dog with warm water and soap. Dry your dog. Put some of the oil behind the neck, at the base of their tail and massage the oil into your dogs skin.