It’s important to check your dog’s fur every day for ticks when you come in from a walk, especially during the spring, summer and fall seasons. You can do this easily by running your fingers through their fur and feeling for any lumps or bumps. Ticks can live up to one year without a host, and they are known to survive throughout the year. This especially holds true throughout the warmer climates and areas where the winter season has been significantly mild over the past few years.
Benefits of Tick Medication
Since symptoms of tick-borne diseases can be challenging to detect and many pet owners don’t comprehend that their untreated dog may be suffering until it’s too late, you want to protect your dog with a tick medication. Joint stiffness or difficulty in moving can be caused by a variety of tick illnesses such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. It could also include loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
Medications such as Frontline can protect your dog for up to one month. Not only is it veterinarian recommended, it’s also easy to use, quick acting, waterproof and side effect free. Tick medications contain active ingredients such as Fipronil and Methoprene, which disrupts the nervous system of the tick and prevents them from further growth. It also lessens your dog’s risk from these disease seeking parasites such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme’s disease, canine anaplasmosis and other skin infections.