If you are a dog owner, you know how susceptible your home can be to ticks and fleas. Your pet is a favourite host of ticks and fleas because your dog’s fur makes it easy for them to hide and feed. If your furry friend is constantly outdoors, fleas may be in the grass and will easily climb on your pet as they walk around.
As they latch on to your dog and begin to feed, fleas will start to grow and lay eggs. An adult flea can lay eggs in large numbers that allow them to multiply quickly if left untreated. More than just a nuisance, this is of course harmful to your pet.
The Dangers of Ticks and Fleas to Your Dog
When ticks and fleas bite the skin, they release allergens that can cause irritation, rashes and itchiness. You may find that your dog is constantly scratching and others have worse flare-ups and allergic reactions. It is important to note, however, that not all dogs experience allergic reactions. Some dogs that are not scratching at all may still be infested with fleas, so checking under your pet’s hair coat should be a routine.
Apart from wounds from bites, your pet may also end up wounding his skin because of continuous scratching. If the infestation is not controlled, these parasites can even endanger the life of a dog.
Tick and Flea Management in Dogs
Lessen the Exposure to Environmental Factors
The more your pet is exposed to grassy areas and the outdoors in general, the higher the risk that it will be infested with fleas. He may also get the fleas from other dogs that he becomes in contact with. The first step you can do is to lessen his exposure to these environmental factors, whenever possible.
Giving your dog regular baths can help with the treatment of ticks and fleas. For effective removal, anti-flea shampoos can be purchased from pet stores. After bathing your dog, make sure to dry him up and brush his coat gently and thoroughly.
There are several types of flea preventative – oral, topical, spray and even collars. You can also talk to your vet for other options or if you are unsure of which one to use for your pet.
Getting Rid of Parasites in Your Home
It’s not only your dog that will suffer from tick and flea infestation. Once the flea begins laying eggs, the eggs can be left on the carpet, rugs, mattresses and other places where your dog loves to lounge. This is where our team at Defence Pest Management can help you. We’ve dealt with different types of pest control in homes, including tick and flea treatment.
We will check all areas of your home, reaching even the corners. The Defence Pest Management team uses various methods for pest detection and treatment, each tailored to the specific needs and requirements of a household, so you can be sure that your home will be free from pests, including flea eggs that are invisible to the naked eye.