Updated: 24/08/2022 – 15:49
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Tick Treatment for Dogs and Cats: How to Get Rid of the Little Pests!
They lurk in hedges, grass or bushes: ticks. Small pests can transmit unpleasant diseases, which is why many pet owners are afraid of them. Various media promise extended protection. But which ones really help?
Removing soaked ticks from your four-legged friend’s fur can be quite disgusting. To prevent this from happening in the first place, prevention is the best and be-all and end-all. Some pet owners swear by the effectiveness of topical products and tick collars. Others are skeptical of synthetic auxiliaries. Both are understandable. If you want to protect your four-legged friend from Lyme disease and tuberculosis, we advise you to use these tick repellants for dogs and cats.
These tick repellents for dogs and cats are available:
A basic distinction is made between chemical and herbal tick repellents. The preparations differ in terms of the method of application and their effectiveness. The duration of the action is also different. Some treatments offer protection after only 3 weeks, others only after 8 months. You should know these common pet tick repellents:
- Preparations on site: One of the most popular tick repellants is spot. The liquid, which is packaged in small plastic bottles, just drips down the fur’s nose throat, because there they can’t lick it off. It is recommended to apply the product directly to the skin. To do this, simply part the fur with two fingers. The liquid is distributed evenly on the animal’s body and drowns out its smell. Ticks perceive this as a deterrent.
- Anti-parasite shampoo: Does the four like to be bathed? You can then use a suitable shampoo to prevent unwanted fur guests. This frees dogs and cats from parasites and their eggs. It also offers protection against infections.
- Pest spray: Immediate effect and easy to use! Spray the agent on the animal’s hair and spread it over a large area with your hand or a brush. Except for the head, all parts of the body should be well covered. They can also be used in combination with other tick repellants. Many preparations contain valuable ingredients such as arnica or aloe vera to provide additional skin care.
- Ambient spray: Never heard of? Environmental spray is a good way to protect yourself and your pet from pesky ticks in the home. This is because it is not the dog and cat themselves that are blinded by the spray, but only where they are, such as a basket, rug or scratching post. This way you limit as much as possible the spread of ticks and co.
Most tick repellents contain chemically active ingredients, but some formulations are also available with purely herbal active ingredients. These usually consist of essential oils and coconut extracts. A small amount of geraniol is added to prevent ticks. Chrysanthemum extract kills parasites.
Be careful with chemical tick repellants on cats
Pet owners often prefer tick repellants with a repellent effect. The purpose of this is to prevent the parasites from biting the animal’s body in the first place. If they do, they die. This is to prevent the spread of disease. This mode of action is effective and harmless for dogs. Cats, on the other hand, cannot break down the substances contained in them through the liver. The result: severe poisoning, which can sometimes be fatal.
As reported by GEO.de, it is highly recommended not to use agents containing the active ingredient permethrin. They cause paralysis, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and breathing difficulties in house tigers. A process that can lead to death.
Herbal Tick Protection for Dogs and Cats: These Home Remedies Help!
If chemical treatments for ticks are too difficult, you can safely return to natural support. If your four-legged friend is tired of neck drops and annoying collars, you can scare away ticks with completely natural tricks. Surely you have everything you need in the kitchen cupboard at home:
- coconut oil: High quality coconut oil is suitable for prophylactic purposes. Important: high content of lauric acid. Massage the tip of a knife or a hazelnut-sized portion (depending on the size of the animal) into the fur every day.
- beer yeast: In powder or tablet form, brewer’s yeast can simply be mixed into food. It changes the smell of the animal’s skin and can thus neutralize the tick infestation. Pre-portions for cats and dogs are already available.
- Apple cider vinegar: Spray your four-legged friend with apple cider vinegar? It sounds strange, but it helps against pesky pests. Mix with a little water and spray or brush the coat once a day.
- Black Seed Oil: Organic cold-pressed black cumin oil also serves as a natural tick repellent. Simply massage into the dog’s fur or add a few drops to food. danger: do not use on cats! Essential oils can lead to liver-damaging poisoning in cats.
Prevention is half the battle against tick bites
Is that a pea in the carpet? If, upon closer inspection, you can see broken legs, it is most likely a tick that has sucked blood. Pretty disgusting! To prevent this from happening, you should schedule regular checks. Check your dog or cat for ticks. Pay special attention to the head, ears, stomach and neck. Small pests also like to nestle between the toes.
Tick found on pet – now what?
Well, what have we got here; A little brown animal has really sucked on her lover’s fur. And what’s next? There is no reason to worry. As long as the animal is fine and has no behavioral problems, nothing has happened and you can simply remove the troublemaker yourself. You can pull the tick quickly and safely with tick tweezers, tweezers or tweezers. Be sure to remove the pest’s head as well. If this is too dangerous for you, you can of course also get help at the veterinary practice.
Sources: GEO.de, hundefreuden.de & lokalmatador.de
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