IN THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE WE WILL TALK ABOUT FLEA, TICK AND MOSQUITO PREVENTION AND INFORMATION REGARDING THESE NASTY BUGS AND THE EFFECTS THEY HAVE.
FLEA, TICK, AND MOSQUITO PREVENTION AND INFORMATION
So as the years go by, the need for flea, tick, and mosquito prevention becomes a more serious issue.
ESPECIALLY with all the crazy diseases they carry. When I talk to fellow breeders, they seem to have experienced the same thing as I have and that is that the old treatments for flea, tick, and mosquito prevention really do not work anymore, and honesty it’s pretty crazy, cause it seems like there adapting to all the treatments from yesteryears’.
The fleas seem to be more resilient. The ticks are carrying diseases that are harder to cure, and the mosquitoes….well besides being a completely WORTHLESS insect….they seem to have become ravenous and we now need to worry about all the diseases they can pass on to our dogs, and ourselves. Just take a look at this article on Mosquito-borne diseases by the CDC.
What are the different types of flea, tick, and mosquito treatment and prevention products?
Oral flea controlproducts (DO NOT USE) Ill explain later in this post
WHAT ABOUT NATURAL SPRAYS?
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I remember when I used to be able to use just the ‘natural’ sprays (made of essential oils) on my dogs as flea, tick, and mosquito prevention and I would not have a problem. And throughout the years we have tried multiple brands out there and well honestly, they worked pretty darn good for a while. Some of course, better than others.
Unfortunately nowadays, At least these past 2 summers, using JUST a “natural spray” as a flea, tick, and mosquito prevention seems to have a much lower success rate. I’ve been hearing more stories from fellow breeders on how it almost seems like these sprays just stopped working as they used to. It’s weird, that’s for sure!
Now MAYBE its cause of the areas where most of our kennels are located!!!
For instance, I live on a 12-acre farm, lots of trees, tall grass, and brush. and my kennels are located about 50 yards away from my house on a tree line. And most breeders are set up the same way!
So like I said, MAYBE JUST MAYBE this is related to the “country” environment rather than all the short or fake grassy area, the sidewalks, and all the stone and concrete, that you find in the suburbs or city life.
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Why? Cause these nasty little buggers seem to be getting acclimated to these “Natural Sprays”. Crazy Right?
But with all that said…..there’s one company out there absolutely “KILLING IT” in the Natural Spray field of flea, tick, and mosquito prevention and once I found this gem of a product….I’ve made it a regular in my kennel program. In fact, let’s go ahead and add this to our TOP TEN MUST HAVE PRODUCTS that we think should be in EVERY BREEDING PROGRAM
Let me introduce you to WONDERCIDE
Wondercide Natural Products – Flea, Tick and Mosquito Control Spray for Dogs, Cats, and Home – Flea and Tick Killer, Prevention, Treatment – Eco-Friendly and Family Safe
KILLS & REPELS. A preventative and a treatment, this pet-safe insect spray kills and repels indoor pests and keeps your home pest-free. Kills flying, crawling, biting, and stinging pests including ants, roaches, spiders, flies, fleas, ticks, wasps, scorpions, mosquitoes, fruit flies, silverfish, moths, gnats, carpet beetles, earwigs, palmetto bugs, waterbugs.
PROTECT YOUR HOME. This versatile bug control spray is also an indoor flea treatment and flea killer for your home. It kills fleas in carpet, furniture, bedding, and flooring, and eliminates adults, eggs, and larvae in the home without staining.
SAFE FOR DOGS & CATS. Pet-friendly, this spray is gentle enough to use several times a week around your loved ones, throughout the house, yet powerful enough to fully eliminate pests and provide a lasting defense of your household from invading insects.
PLANT-BASED AND POWERFULLY EFFECTIVE. Using natural essential oils, this spray is a safe alternative to electronic bug zappers, lights, traps, powders, granules, and conventional pesticides. No artificial colors, fragrances, or harsh chemicals. Biodegradable. Cruelty-Free.
EASY-TO-USE. This eco-friendly biopesticide can be sprayed easily around the home, throughout the kitchen, bathroom, and any other living areas. Simply spray around windows, doors, baseboards, under sinks, in cabinets, and around appliances. Works great for dog kennels and cat condos, too! Spray as often as desired for a pest-free home. Made in the USA from naturally-derived ingredients and safe around children. Safe when used as directed.
When to Look Out for Fleas
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These nasty Lil bugs love to settle on your dog during the summer months and year-round in geographic areas like the southern United States. According to PetMD, fleas prefer temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees and humidity levels of 75 to 85 percent. If you live in an area that has this kind of climate throughout the year, flea control and prevention is key to your dog’s comfort.
How to Tell If Your Dog Has Fleas
1. CAN YOU SEE THEM?
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It’s actually VERY easy to notice these little monsters, Look for “Dirt Specs or sand” on your dogs (or cats) fur and or skin, Even though their super tiny, we can still see them with the naked eye. THANK GOD!!!
2.LOOK IN THICK FURRY AREAS
Fleas, like most monsters, don’t like the light and migrate to the furrier areas of your dog’s belly and inner thighs. LOOK CAREFULLY!
3.GET A WHITE TOWEL
Another way to visually check if your furry friend has fleas is the
“WHITE TOWEL TEST”
It’s super simple!!!! All you need is……..you guessed it! A WHITE TOWEL.
Take your white towel and lay it down on your dog’s favorite spot (dog bed, spot on the floor….etc), and then have them lay down there. After about 30 mins (give or take), have your best friend move (move them outside or to their crate) and take a good look at your bright white towel, Do you see what looks like dirt or sand?
If not, cool, id still thoroughly check your pup’s fur just to be safe.
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But if you do see the dirt or sand on the towel, I want you to actually look closely at the “dirt” “sand” to check and make sure it is not actually just dirt or sand.
Still can’t tell??? Take a wet paper towel and place a few of these specs of “dirt” on top of it and just let it sit there for a few minutes. If the tiny specks spread out like a small bloodstain after a few minutes, then I can tell you 1 thing is for sure, and that is your best friend does have fleas.
TICKS: ANOTHER WORTHLESS BUG
According to the CDC Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.
Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect. Signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7-21 days or longer after a tick bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite if you suspect that your pet has been bitten by a tick.
Talk to your veterinarian about:
The best tick prevention products for your dog
Tickborne diseases in your area
To further reduce the chances that a tick bite will make your dog sick:
Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away.
Reduce tick habitat in your yard.
Thankfully throughout my years of breeding, none of my animals have had these nasty monsters on them (knock on wood), I would like to thank the preventive steps I’ve always taken and the products we’ve been talking about.
And I can tell you, I KNOW these products work due to the fact that, well there’s been a few times I’ve been out on the trails or in the woods with my dogs and sure enough I found a tick on my body somewhere, so naturally, I freaked out and checked all my dogs thoroughly and they were all TICK-FREE and the difference between me and my dogs……well I don’t use these products on myself lol.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY DOG HAS A TICK/TICKS
According to the HUMANE SOCIETY here are 5 STEPS to follow:
Step 1: Scan for ticks
Start by running your fingers slowly over your dog’s entire body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, check to see if a tick has burrowed there. Don’t limit your search to your dog’s torso; check between their toes, around their legs, the insides of their ears, and all-around their face, chin and neck.
Step 2: Is it a tick?
Ticks can be black, brown, or tan and they have eight legs. They can also be tiny; some species are only as large as the head of a pin.
Step 3: Safe removal
Clean tweezers/tick remover
Disinfectant or antiseptic cream
Stay safe! Always wear gloves while handling ticks to avoid contact with your skin.
Grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible (without pinching your pet).
Pull it out slowly in a straight, steady motion. Don’t jerk; anything left behind could lead to an infection.
Using a tick remover:
Gently press the remover against your pet’s skin near the tick.
Slide the notch of the remover under the tick, pulling it free.
NEED A TICK REMOVER? BETTER TO HAVE IT AND NOT NEED IT THEN NEED IT AND NOT HAVE IT.
This is the kit I have JUST IN CASE
Just Click the Picture Below or follow this link:
Step 4: Cleanup and after-care
Drop the tick into isopropyl alcohol and note the date you found the tick. If your pet begins displaying symptoms of a tick-borne illness, your veterinarian may want to identify or test it. Some symptoms include arthritis or lameness that lasts for three to four days, reluctance to move, swollen joints, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, and neurological problems.
Wash your hands, clean your pet’s wound with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers with isopropyl alcohol.
Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
Step 5: Prevent future bites
If you or your companion animals spend any time outdoors, you should routinely check for ticks. Ticks transfer between hosts, so it is important to check all family members after outdoor activities in wooded, leafy, or grassy areas.
Comb your pet regularly with a flea comb, vacuum frequently and dispose of the bags immediately after use, mow areas of the lawn where your dog spends time, wash pet bedding weekly, and wash your pet with a pesticide-free pet shampoo. In addition, to protect cats from fleas and ticks, as well as a host of other outdoor hazards, cats should be kept indoors at all times.
MOSQUITOES SUCK: Mosquito Prevention
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Every spring, we get reminded of the West Nile virus and how to prevent from contracting it and how to stop it from spreading.
Mosquitoes carry several diseases that YOU and YOUR ANIMALS can get from JUST ONE BITE!!!
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For your dog, the most dangerous threat is heartworm, a disease that can only be transmitted to pets through mosquitoes.
When the mosquito bites your furry friend, there’s a chance it can pass this terrible disease and then the heartworm larvae work their way through your dog’s bloodstream traveling into the right ventricle of your dog’s heart and then they set up camp, where they grow into adults and reproduce. SCARY RIGHT!!!
What’s even scarier is that a heartworm infestation may not produce any noticeable symptoms, but it has the potential to be fatal to dogs.
Do not get me wrong, heartworm is a HUGE concern, but most people give their dogs some form of Ivermectin (Heartguard, etc.) to protect against heartworms but what about all the other diseases?? and what about the discomfort of itchy mosquito bites? I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand mosquito bites so I do not want my dogs to have to suffer either. and with that being said, let’s talk about how to prevent not only these little vampires but also fleas and ticks!!!
Our 3 Step treatment to ensure our yard and our dogs stay flea, tick, and mosquito-free!
The first thing we do is treat our yard, fence, and kennels with Wondercide. It is safe for all animals, all surfaces, and people. We treat our property once a month and spray everything! I highly recommend it!
Secondly, we have 2 of these on our property that work very well at attracting and capturing a ton of flying bugs! They attract mosquitoes and ALL other flying insects by the UV light they have. One of the really nice things about it that is different from other traps that are on the market (by the way I’ve used almost all the others and there just not up to par) is the fact that it is silent! No buzzing or sizzling sounds. It is also weatherproof so you can leave it out while raining. Honestly, I would own these even if I did not have pets due to the fact of how good this actually works.
I PROMISE it makes it more enjoyable to spend time outside because it cuts down on the number of irritating bugs.
The Dynatrap comes in different colors and you can buy one you can hang or ones that come with a stand with an area coverage of either 1/2 acre, 3/4 acre or one that covers a full acre, ill talk all about DYNATRAP in a future blog, but for now ill give you the three options that saved our BACK YARD LIFESTYLE
The third step we use to protect our pets is topical Flea,Tick, and Mosquito prevention treatment.
We use Advecta 3 for young pups so they can be safe outdoors as early as 7 weeks of age.
Once the pup is over 12 weeks, we use the Hartz Ultraguard Pro. We have been using these two products for over 5 years and they both work great!
I know there are several vets that push the edible flea treatments like Bravecto or Comfortis. In my experience, they do not work as well as the topical.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ORAL FLEA/TICK TREATMENTS
Pills or chews that protect dogs and cats against fleas can cause neurological problems such as stumbling or seizures, and pet owners need more warning, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The FDA issued an alert to owners and veterinarians and said it was requiring clearer labels on the products.
I do know some of my breeder friends also use a couple of other types of topical, so I have included links for those as well. One thing to keep in mind, when choosing the right product for you, is some DO NOT deter mosquito. SO PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
NOTE: In order to purchase “HEARTGARD Plus” online YOU MUST HAVE A PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR VETERINARIAN!!!!
With that being said, we recommend that you get your prescription and then order it online either from REVIVALANIMALHEALTH.COM OR 1800PETMEDS.COM
THE REASON WE RECOMMEND THIS IS TO SAVE YOU A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MONEY !!!
Below I’ve put 2 Pictures that have attached links to where you can buy Heartgard Plus (with Prescription ONLY)
Best Regards and God bless
– R.Curry (dog enthusiast and Breeder for 12 years)