How to protect your dogs from ticks

How to protect your dogs from ticks

Don’t let your dog suffer from the effects of ticks. Find out how to protect them here…

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Dogs can become hosts to ticks whether they are homebodies or love a trip outside.

Therefore, it is vitally important that you remain vigilant in order to protect your furry friend.

READ: The two most common tick-borne diseases affecting South African dogs

Here are four ways you can protect your dog from ticks and the diseases they spread:

Scan your pup for ticks regularly

Ticks love to live on the neck, head, ears, feet, and between the toes of dogs, so please regularly check these areas on your pooch.

As tick bites are difficult to detect once a tick has abandoned ship, it is important to regularly check for the ticks themselves. If you happen to live in a known high-risk tick area, daily checks are advised.

Familiarise yourself with tick hiding places

While ticks can be found pretty much anywhere, they do love spots like wooded areas, trails, parks, residential gardens, dog parks, kennels, and doggy day cares. Long grass is believed to be their favourite.

If your dog has been to any of these places, make sure you check them ASAP.

READ: The life cycle of ticks and fleas and how you can protect your pets

Treat your garden

As mentioned, ticks love long grass. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your garden does not become overgrown, as your dog will be at risk of picking up a tick.

Keep your grass and bushes trimmed and look at potential sprays that can be used to remove the ticks at source.

Use Credelio

While ticks and fleas are common pests, you can protect your fur babies by using preventative measures such as Credelio.

Credelio is an oral medication for the prevention and treatment of ticks and fleas.

Credelio starts killing fleas within 2 hours from administration, with fleas being eliminated within 6 hours. Credelio has an onset of effect within 4 hours against pre-existing tick infestations and 8 hours against newly acquired ticks for the entire month.

Credelio's active ingredient, lotilaner, is a member of the isoxazoline family, a novel class of parasiticides that target nerve receptors of ticks and fleas for powerful protection.

Find out more about Credelio HERE.

Disclaimer: Pet health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for veterinary advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat your pet’s health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your vet on any health-related issues.

This article is sponsored by Credelio

Credelio tick and flea treatment for pets

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