Maybe it is the fur, or maybe it is the surroundings – or even the season – but tick infestation can rob you of quality time with your dog. Anybody would not want to cuddle a dog that is constantly itching or biting its own body – or the once beautiful dog whose fur has gone falling off almost everywhere. Which is why it is always best to keep it clean, healthy, and properly fed all that time.
Tick infestation can be easily identified. When your dog starts to itch or you see it scratching its body, it is an early sign that your dog is uncomfortable. This can be an indication that it has tick/s hiding in its fur, biting its skin and sucking away blood. This can aggravate when not given immediate attention and solution. Instances of skin cuts, wounds and even loss of hair may follow.
Clean surroundings as a preventive solution to tick infestation
The main cause of tick infestation is a dirty cage and surroundings. These parasites are very common in places which are bushy, damp, and grassy, sandy beaches or/and even wooded areas. They may lurk in your old boxes, newspapers and even in your stored firewood. If your home has grass around, you might want to keep it trimmed and short all the time as ticks like to hide in tall grass.
You should also limit your dog’s access to places identified to be a hangout to ticks and other unwanted elements. This includes stone fences, woodpiles, wooded areas, and underbrush. And if you had a trip to those places, make sure you check your dog as well as yourself for any ticks. They may have gotten on you or your pet’s fur.
More importantly, you do not want your place to be ticks’ habitat, so get it cleaned all the time. Remove old things where infestation may start and keep everything well maintained. You should also clean your dog. Get it washed, shampooed and treated with recommended topical solutions if you believe there is a need for it.
Natural and over-the-counter tick infestation treatments
The first sign of tick infestation is incessant itching. Depending on the level of infestation, your dog may harm itself due to the itch that ticks may bring. It will start to bite itself, rub and/or scratch itself anywhere to feel some sort of relief. Your fur ball may eventually wound itself, which can worsen the situation.
Before any of these untoward scenarios actually happen, make sure that you keep your place clean, dry, and well ventilated. It is also important to remove everything that may potentially become a breeding ground to ticks. This way, the moment you bring home a fur ball, you will never have a problem with tick infestation.
Lastly, you should continue keeping your place and your surroundings clean when and after you bring a dog home. Ensure that its crate and areas are always tidied up as a preventive measure to tick infestation. Recommendations from your trusted vet is also a plus.