Tick and Flea Prevention During the Summer Months

During the warm and humid summer months, fleas and ticks can come out in full force. Royal Flush Havanese shares with readers their advice on how to lower the risks associated with these pesky insects.

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A single bite [from a flea or tick] is all it takes for a canine to contract a disease, and one disease can, in turn, lead to multiple infections.

Charlestown, RI (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

Most pet owners know that spring and summer are the most important seasons to be on the lookout for fleas and ticks, as these pests become more active in warmer weather. Both fleas and ticks are parasites, and feed on canine (and human) blood. They transmit diseases including Plague, Lyme disease, and ehrlichiosis. A single bite is all it takes for a canine to contract a disease, and one disease can, in turn, lead to multiple infections. Follow these tips from Royal Flush Havanese in order to reduce the impact of these pests this summer.

    Firstly, it is important that all dogs receive proper immunization against the diseases that these insects can carry. The most important vaccine for canines to receive is the Lyme vaccine. As discussed in the article “The Importance of Vaccinating Dogs Properly; Tips for Puppy Health and Well Being," it is always important to vaccinate canines in a safe manner. Boosting a canine’s immune system before he/she receives shots, spacing out when vaccinations are given, and taking the time to understand how long each vaccine (and booster) is truly effective for can aid in healthy vaccination. Improper inoculation, on the other hand, can lead to more problems than benefits. For more detailed information regarding vaccinations, please refer to the article cited.

    Despite a dog being properly vaccinated, fleas and ticks can still bite. One of the most simple and effective ways to quickly check a dog for ticks and fleas is by using a lint roller. Simply roll it over the coat of the dog, and any fleas, ticks, and even flea/tick eggs will stick to the roller. Dispose of used layers in a sealed bag. It is always important– especially with longhaired breeds such as the Havanese- to do a more thorough check by moving around the dogs’ coat and checking the undersides.

    Dog owners can further discourage fleas and ticks from biting by feeding garlic to their canines. Both fleas and ticks are repelled by the scent the garlic gives off on the skin of a dog. However, if this method is used, it is important to give the correct dosage, as excessive amounts of garlic can be harmful. Recommended dosages per day are as follows: 10-15 pound dog- ½ a clove; 20-40 pound dog- 1 clove, 45-70 pound dog- 2 cloves, 70-90 pound dog- 2.5 cloves, 100+ pound dog- 3 cloves. Used consistently, garlic can also boost canine immune systems, lower blood cholesterol, and fight bacterial infections.

    The use of flea and tick medicines on canines has been debated in recent years. Critics believe that the chemicals used in the products are harmful to both humans and their pets. The two most poisonous chemicals still used in products are propoxur and tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP), and they should be avoided when possible. To make a completely natural flea and tick repellent, mix together equal parts of Diatomaceous Earth, Neem, and Yarrow. To apply, ruffle up the dog’s coat and apply small amounts, beginning from the rear. A medium sized dog will only need about a teaspoon every month. This mixture also works well to repel flies and mosquitoes.

    Royal Flush Havanese hopes that the information conveyed in this article will help to improve the lives of dogs and dog owners everywhere. Royal Flush Havanese is a BBB accredited business specializing in breeding and raising Havanese puppies born and raised in both Rhode Island and Florida. Please join us in our quest to teach others about the loyal, gentle and lovable Havanese breed. Like us on Facebook, check out our website and view our YouTube where you can find even more helpful articles and informative tips for dog-enthusiasts and breeders alike.


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