How to get rid of ticks. These blood sucking parasite usually seen on the skin of our dogs. This is one issue lots of dog owners find very difficult to handle. How to get rid of ticks. Ticks are known for their stubbornness. They are hated by all dog lovers. These blood sucking parasites, though blind have the ability to locate and creature with blood.
Today, I bring you solution to what seem to be a very big issue to dog owners all over the world. Everyone needs a permanent solution to this problem. As we all know, these creatures have the ability to multiply really fast and in millions.
Question is: What is the permanent solution to eradicating and getting rid of ticks And flies?
This question above have got two answers from a very experienced dog lover and an experienced veterinarian.
Opinion one: Here is a tip from Mrs. Chinwe.
About 20 years ago, I had to stay up overnight, sponging my dog, feeding her ice and rocking her like a baby…she was diagnosed with “tick fever”. I was so upset, made up my mind that it would NEVER happen again. Our compound was fumigated every month, the house fumigated every three months. My dogs were subsequently tick free, with few and far between chemical baths.
The chemical baths also had disadvantages. The vet assistant that applied the rinse, was a bit careless, the chemicals got into their eyes, the younger dog, started presenting with “traumatic cataracts”. Lucky for me, I’m a worry-wart. I had to show the guy the correct and proper way to give the dog a chemical rinse. We caught it on time, and we were able to reverse it.
One has to be very careful, check your dog carefully, even if you feel you are protected, your neighbours may not be as careful. The bloody parasites, though blind, are blood homing little suckers…
The scariest part, is their eggs can survive literally anything. This is why repeated fumigating is essential.
What if the fumigation exercise had been done twice already and still no changes. Or could it be that the wrong chemicals were used?
Please I need answers and a very efficient solution.
Here is a well detailed answer from Doc. Mark:
Tick control is a 3 way thing:
– The environment
– The Dog
You need to address this 3 simultaneously (at the same time).
Use a professional to do your fumigation.
Note that most of these chemicals when mixed has other effects on humans – Lung disease, liver issues later etc. So please be careful. It is Not just enough keeping the dogs away, you need to keep yourself away too. Professional fumigation service providers know this and that’s why they wear protective clothing and masks.
Fumigation has to be done 2 weeks apart as it takes about 2 weeks for the tick eggs to hatch. Most chemicals will kill the larva stages but will not kill the eggs.
Then for the dogs. You need to use a product that has a residual effect. Something that will not only kill the ones on the body of the dog, but something that will kill the ones that re-infest the dogs days and weeks later. For this I recommend Frontline.
Finally, using tick/flea products once every 6 months on your pet will prevent re-infestation and save you money.
You might ask; which do you think is the better solution for tick and flea issues: Frontline or P-Guard spray? And why?
Well, here is an answer for you:
This may be a bit long but you will enjoy the read:
Here are the facts:
Both sprays have the same active ingredient which is called FIPRONIL .
Merial (Now Boehringer Ingelheim) is the one that had the patency for Fipronil. They had the patency for 20 years.
A patent is a form of intellectual property. A patent gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing an invention for a limited period of time, usually twenty years.
Merial’s 20 years patency has since elapsed and thus other companies were allowed to also use Fipronil. The resultant effect is the many brands of Fipronil you find in the market today.
However, Every active ingredient needs a driver. The main difference here is that no other company has been able to perfect a ” Driver ” for Fipronil as Merial has done. No other company has this formula
The driver is what makes a product have a residual effect (remaining for longer period). Frontline has a long residual effect and keeps protecting the dogs from ticks up to 4 weeks and fleas up to 6 weeks.
Other products that use the same active ingredient have not perfected the use of their driver and that’s why their products crystalizes on the hair of the dogs and doesn’t offer the required residual protection. They only kill the ticks on the body of the dogs and only stay for a few days.