Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dog vs. Tick - The Ultimate Showdown

If you and Fido have stepped outside this spring, you will have likely noticed that the ticks are already out and possibly even worse than ever. In fact, some even predict that Missouri is going to be one of the states that will most likely harbor high populations of these pests. Ticks can be a big problem for you and your pet because they harbor vicious diseases that can affect you both. Don't spend your whole summer locked away from those nasty pests, here are a few things you can do to help minimize the chances of them attaching to your pet!

Trim the Weeds

Ticks love living in tall grass and other weedy areas because they hang out at the top and as you brush past them, they hitch a ride. Cut down on their habitat, you can help eliminate them from your yard.

Scatter Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth in Your Gardens

If you keep your grass short and still notice too many ticks, you can use food-grade diatomaceous earth in your gardens to keep those ticks out. It dehydrates insects and can be a very effective solution for keeping ticks and fleas out of your garden areas.

Invite the Wildlife

Did you know that ticks actually have many natural predators, and if you can get them into your yard, you will help eliminate their existence in your yard? If you incorporate more flowering shrubs and perennials to attract birds, small mammals and even a few bug-eating amphibians you can invite the predators into your yard and eventually eliminate the ticks.

Keep Your Pets Groomed

Especially if you have long haired pets, grooming can make a huge difference in how many ticks attach to them. If you do give them a summer shave, don't do it too short, because their hair keeps them from getting sun burnt. You can also use a lint roller on them after they've come in from the outdoors. The ticks will attach to the sticky sheet and you can throw it away. While grooming, don't forget to do a tick check, and it's always a good idea to do one when you bring them inside.

Natural Ingredients That Repel Fleas and Ticks on Dogs

If you don't want to use repellents from your vet, you can use several different natural ingredients to help repel them.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Brewer's Yeast and Garlic
  • Oranges, Lemons, and Grapefruit
  • Mint Infusions
  • Cloves and Camphor Spray
  • Rose Bar Soap
  • Dry Pennyroyal
  • Alcohol, Distilled Water & Essential Oils
  • Sulpher
  • Lemon, Salt, and Vinegar Spray
  • Apple Cider Vinegar, Salt, and Baking Soda Spray
  • Coconut Oil

Remember, that if you'll be testing a new product on your pet, you should start in small amounts to make sure that there are no adverse reactions to the new product on your pet's skin. You can also speak with your dog's veterinarian about different solutions and what ingredients you can use on your pet.

Easy to Clean Pet Bed

While a PetCot bed may not repel ticks, they are made in an easy to clean fashion so that you don't have to worry about these beds harboring the enemies! Fleas and ticks will never live in your PetCot bed because our woven vinyl bed doesn't have anywhere for them to go. You can easily wipe down your pet with a cloth and keep it clean and comfortable. If you're looking for a raised pet bed that will not only be comfortable but also easy to clean, visit our website today!

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