Protects against ticks, mosquitoes and sandflies
It can happen at any time, your dog has a tick or fleas! This causes stress for your dog, which, naturally, you want to treat as quickly as possible. Fortunately, there are many different products that you can use to not only treat, but also protect, your furry best friend.
There are many different species of fleas that can affect your dog. Fleas are tiny insects that live on blood and prefer to nest in warm, sheltered areas between the hair. The itching is caused when flea saliva is injected into the skin and not by the bite itself. In some cases a flea infestation can even result in the development of tapeworms.
How do you find out that your dog has fleas? If your dog jumps up suddenly and furiously starts scratching or rolling around, your dog could have fleas that are causing irritation. Fleas are barely visible as they hide well in your dog's fur. To check for fleas, take a look at your dog's skin in common hiding places, such as the abdomen or hind legs. Red, fiery spots can indicate flea bites and, therefore, the presence of fleas. Push the fur aside and see if you can spot any of the little bugs; a flea comb can facilitate this process.
You can choose to wash your dog with a flea shampoo, such as Defencare Shampoo. Flea shampoo is a safe and highly effective way of removing fleas, but should be applied in copious amounts. Due to its rapid efficacy, this method is highly recommended for a severe flea infestation.
The most common and animal-friendly way to treat and, more importantly, prevent fleas is by using flea drops. Flea drops come in a small, easy-to-use pipette. Squeeze the pipette onto your dog's neck (make sure you read the instructions carefully) and it will provide at least 4 weeks of protection against fleas. Flea drops such as Frontline Spot On for Dogs also protect your dog from ticks. It is important to treat all animals with a flea problem in your household to prevent fleas from spreading.
Only 5% of the infestation on your dog will consist of adult fleas. The remaining 95% consists of eggs, larvae and cocoons, all of which live near your pet! Therefore, it is important to treat your home environment to minimise the risk of recontamination. You can do this with a spray such as Bolfo Fleegard Environment Spray or Virbac Indoor-X Flea Spray. It is also important to wash all clothes at a high temperature.
A tick is a small, spider-like parasite with six legs and a bag-shaped abdomen. The tick digs itself into the skin and begins sucking on the host's blood. Once the tick is full, it often leaves of its own accord. However, they can still transmit nasty diseases through their saliva when in contact with blood.
The most common disease transmitted by ticks is Lyme disease. Contrary to popular belief, Lyme disease is not caused by the tick itself but by bacteria that they carry, however, it is more dangerous to humans than it is to dogs. There are different diseases that ticks carry that can seriously affect your dog, such as Babesiosis (also known as piroplasmosis or tick fever) and Ehrlichiosis. Symptoms of Babesiosis can include high fever, jaundice, or discolouration of the urine (usually a red or greenish colour). The symptoms of Ehrlichiosis include high fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, swollen lymph nodes and bleeding. Contact your vet straight away if you think your dog is suffering from one of these diseases.
There are different methods to combat ticks. Many people give their pet a tick collar, which is safe, effective, and long-lasting, such as the Scalibor Protectorband, which protects your dog against sand flies, ticks and mosquitoes.
Check your dog regularly for ticks and remove them immediately by using a O'Tom Tick Twister. Do not anaesthetise the tick as this triggers it to release, potentially disease-infected, saliva into the dog's bloodstream. Keep a close eye on your dog and the skin where the tick was removed. If you have any doubts about your dog's health, contact your vet.
Prevention is always better than treatment. Make sure that your dog is well-protected against ticks. Vetsend offers many different products for this purpose, such as Spot-On (drops) and tick collars.
Protects against ticks, mosquitoes and sandflies
Spot on fipronil flea & tick treatment
Spot on permethrin treatment against fleas and ticks
Natural product to combat ticks and fleas
With an LED light, so that you will clearly see the tick when removing it
Attracts fleas and lures them in
All in one dimeticone spray against fleas
Natural tick spray
To remove ticks completely, safely and easily
Fast-acting anti-parasitic shampoo with permethrin
With Fipronil against fleas and ticks
Powder to combat fleas in cats and dogs
Spot on pyriprole flea and tick treatment
Imidacloprid spot on drops against fleas
Natural flea and tick drops
Spot-on protection against fleas and ticks for up to 4 weeks
Fipronil spot on treatment for fleas & ticks
Environmental spray to combat fleas and mites, with Dimeticone
Flea collar for dogs; contains Dympilate
Flea and tick repelling shampoo
Lufenuron tablets for the prevention of fleas
Kills adult fleas; contains Nitenpyram
Flea repellent environment spray to use in your home
Spot on fipronil flea and tick treatment
Flea shampoo with permethrin
Flea comb to check your pet for fleas
Fine-toothed flea comb that removes fleas and flea eggs
With a rubber handle for a firm grip
Handy tool for removing ticks
Cyrfluthrin & Pyriproxyfen spray against fleas and insects
Helps to combat ticks in cats & dogs
Pyriproxfen and Cyfluthrin environment spray against fleas
Protects against fleas and ticks
Helps combat fleas and larvae in your pet's surroundings
Household environment spray with Tetramethrin and Permethrin
For removing ticks
Spot on flea treatment with imidacloprid
With aloe vera & dimethicone against fleas and ticks
Anti-flea and tick spray for cats and dogs
Indoor spray against fleas and ticks
Spot on pipette with fipronil to combat fleas & ticks
Animal food supplement that can contribute to a healthy skin
Making it easy to remove ticks
Herbal shampoo that keeps fleas at a distance and nourishes the skin
Handy Tick Card with magnifying glass that's the size of a debit card
Kills fleas, lice and ticks with fipronil and s-methoprene