Pet Flea and Tick Treatment

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If you own a pet, chances are you have had to deal the nuisance of fleas and ticks. There are many treatments available on the market now but consideration must be taken into what treatment to use as every dog is different.

Flea and tick shampoos do the trick but can contain harsh chemicals which can treat the bugs but sometimes will cause damage to the dogs skin especially if the dog is prone to skin allergens. The natural option which is an old age remedy is adding cooked garlic to the dogs meals, this works from the inside and has been a very successful flea and tick treatment for many years.

Another natural option is pine tar soap, simply buy the soap (which can be purchased from a health food store) and shave some into a trigger spray bottle and fill it up with water. When sprayed on the coat this is very effective for killing fleas on target. Also remember to spray the be bedding to be sure all the fleas are dealt with.

Frontline is also a great non evasive treatment for pets and is administered at the back of the neck. It can be expensive and needs to be used on a regular basis. There are also hypoallergenic flea and tick shampoos available on the market and are very good for dogs with skin allergens. If your dog does suffer from skin conditions consult your vet first to be safe. When washing your dog with a flea treatment, always make sure the shampoo is the right product for your dog. All dogs are different and will have different reactions to different products.

If the dog is dirty give him/her a brief wash with a cleansing shampoo first so the hair is clean before using a flea treatment product. Also clean the bedding as well and maybe use a flea powder or spray to get rid of any eggs that may be invisible to the eye to avoid reinfestation of fleas and ticks. Always follow any instructions on the product and repeat procedure if advised to do so as there may still be eggs in the hair and this will avoid reinfestation in the dogs hair. When using a product like Frontline it is advised to use this as a long term treatment to guard against fleas and should be followed correctly or the product may not be effective. If the problem persists, consult your vet.

Frontline is also a great non evasive treatment for pets and is administered at the back of the neck. It can be expensive and needs to be used on a regular basis. There are also hypoallergenic flea and tick shampoos available on the market and are very good for dogs with skin allergens. If your dog does suffer from skin conditions consult your vet first to be safe. When washing your dog with a flea treatment, always make sure the shampoo is the right product for your dog. All dogs are different and will have different reactions to different products.

If the dog is dirty give him/her a brief wash with a cleansing shampoo first so the hair is clean before using a flea treatment product. Also clean the bedding as well and maybe use a flea powder or spray to get rid of any eggs that may be invisible to the eye to avoid reinfestation of fleas and ticks.

Always follow any instructions on the product and repeat procedure if advised to do so as there may still be eggs in the hair and this will avoid reinfestation in the dogs hair. When using a product like Frontline it is advised to use this as a long term treatment to guard against fleas and should be followed correctly or the product may not be effective. If the problem persists, consult your vet.



Source by Tracy Brislane

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