Too Busy Scratching?
So now you have that cute little puppy and all he does is scratch all day long! No time for playing (he’s too busy scratching) and now he is getting a sore spot from licking the area too. You don’t want your new fur friend to feel bad, so you take him to the vet. Your vet says your dog has fleas and he has a pill that will take care of that problem. You think that is great and pay for the vet visit and get a prescription for a pill you have to give your dog every month. Have you ever wondered how that miraculous little pill works?
How Flea And Tick Pills Poison Your Dog
Flea and tick pills work by releasing poison into your dog’s body. When the flea or tick bites, yes, it does have to bite your dog, then it ingests the poison and dies. So, now your dog still has a bite that will probably itch and the pill your dog takes every month can cause serious adverse effects such as stumbling or seizures. (If you have ever seen a dog suffer through a seizure, you wouldn’t ever give him these pills again. You can search google or youtube for videos. I don’t share photos or videos of dogs in distress on my pages. There is enough of that elsewhere.)
If your dog does suffer an ill effect from the pills, there is no antidote. You will have to wait a month for the drugs to move out of his system, but once he has seizures they are not likely to stop. The seizure issue is so bad, that the FDA has a warning on the box and even recalled one brand.
I Don’t Have Fleas In My Yard Or House, Why Do I Need To Protect My Dog?
You may not, but if you visit a dog park, a neighbor’s house, or the vet, your dog may come into contact with a dog that does have fleas or has flea eggs on them. Fleas are small critters, but if you have one, you have many, many more! And if you live in an area with wildlife such as raccoons and opossums, they can drop flea eggs in your yard. Once you get fleas in the house, that is another problem that can be difficult to remedy. Gonna grab your vacuum? When you are done place your vacuum bags outside in the trash since flea eggs can continue to hatch and multiply, even after they have been vacuumed.
What Happens When A Tick Bites My Dog?
Once a tick bites your dog, it hangs on and sucks blood. The ticks can become so large you don’t even recognize it. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. You can get sick if the tick bites you and tick bites can be pretty serious. It usually takes 24 hours for the tick to transmit any disease, so prompt action is necessary. Remove the tick from your pet using tweezers and place it in a zip-top bag and freeze it. This will kill the tick but preserve it in case you need to identify it later. (If illness develops, it’s important to be able to identify the tick.) The symptoms your dog may exhibit are similar to many other diseases, so be aware if you see any of these symptoms after you find a tick on your dog and take him to the vet.
- Swollen joints
- Lameness, like favoring one leg over the other
- Loss of appetite
- Neurological issues, including seizures
Fleas can transmit tapeworms and heartworms through their bites. Left untreated, heartworm can be fatal.
What Can I Do To Prevent Fleas And Ticks?
Keep your yard tidy. Keep the grass cut and the leaves picked up. Don’t create an inviting environment for pests.
When your pet does come in from outside, check him over for anything that shouldn’t be there. That includes thorns, cuts, and pests.
If you have enjoyed the day hiking in the woods or fields with tall grasses, check your dog for ticks. Check their skin and under the armpits and legs, look in the ears, and believe it or not, in their mouth! Dogs like to chew grass that can have ticks on them. And don’t forget to check yourself. You taste just as good to a tick as your dog does.
Groom your dog regularly. You can buy an inexpensive flea comb. Just comb your dog’s hair and clean the comb off in soapy water.
Immediately remove any ticks with tweezers making sure to get the head and dispose of properly. Beware: A tick can jump out of a toilet.
Now you know that ticks can transmit diseases to you and your pet. Fleas can become a huge problem when they infest your home and are hard and time-consuming to get rid of. Vet prescriptions can harm your dog for life. Even the flea collars can be hazardous. I had to use one when I was sick and was taking care of my puppies. They couldn’t be exposed to the chemicals, so the vet gave me a flea collar. Pretty soon Shelley noticed that my fur was disappearing from under my neck. It cleared up when the collar was removed. I had a reaction to the flea collar! And other treatments are oily. It gets on your kids when they play with your dog and the carpet when your dog rolls on it and now you have an oily chemical everywhere. So what can you do?
How Can I Protect My Pet And Not Harm Him?
Protect him naturally!
Many fragrances that smell wonderful to humans are highly repellent to ticks. Lavender, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedar, rose geranium and citrus have all been shown to keep ticks away. My dog mom uses an all natural flea and tick repellent made from many of these plants to protect me. She even sprays it on herself.
“I have to tell you a secret. When we come in from a walk in the woods (without using a repellent) she usually has more ticks on her than I do!”
The flea and tick repellant we use is so easy. Just add some drops to your dog’s shampoo when you give him a bath. I don’t like baths, so we don’t use it this way. Shelley just sprays it on us directly, making sure not to get it in our eyes. She thinks it smells great. Me, not so much, but it does keep the bugs away BEFORE they bite!
Here are some testimonials from friends:
“This stuff is great for pets. I bought some for my Jack Russell last year. Loved it! It kept the fleas and ticks away. Very simple to use! Just a few drops on his fur, every couple of days, and it is instant relief. Safe for all dogs. It’s a “must have” if you love your fur babies! Thank you!” ❤
“I am using it on my dogs. The first time I used it on my dogs, the ticks I didn’t know they had, were falling off.”
— Sandra W
“No problems with our dane x greyhound. We spray directly on fleas and wash him in it once a fortnight.”
— Justine I.
So don’t wait. Summer is already here! I know you want to protect your dog from getting a disease and you don’t want fleas in your house biting your guests or your children, so place your order here. And if it doesn’t work for your dog, there is a 60 day money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose and your dog has a lot to gain!
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Hi, I’m Trixie! I love treats, sleeping, chewing up my toys and I especially like chasing small critters that enter my yard. (Don’t worry, my mom makes sure that I don’t catch any of them.) I was rescued when someone dumped me in the driveway, expecting 10 little puppies. Though my mom had dogs as a kid, she realized there was a lot she didn’t know.
We decided to create this website to help you with issues that you may not be aware of and to share information about the best foods, toys, treats, and places to explore with your fur friend. You’ll learn all about raising your dog to be happy and healthy and we will have some fun along the way!
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