Tips for Tick Treatment and Prevention
"Because fleas and ticks are so good at what they do, you will need to be extra vigilant," says Dr. Kvamme. "If you notice just one or two bugs on your dog, treat it seriously before it becomes a full blown infestation." Pay particular attention to the neck fur, the abdomen, and the arm "pits" of the dog, where ticks (and fleas) like to hide. Dr. Kvamme recommends discussing with your veterinarian which flea and tick preventive medication is best for your dog, as well as what dose to use and how to properly apply the medication. "It’s much easier to start early, keeping ticks from getting a foothold, than it is to try to eradicate them after they have had a chance to breed and establish themselves in your home and on your dog."
Another form of prevention is anti-pest landscaping. "For the outside, there are some plants that are known for their flea-repelling characteristics, and it is worth it to try anti-pest landscaping," says Dr. Kvamme. "However, it is often easier and more effective to use chemical pesticides and repellants for yard and perimeter treatment, especially when dealing with an infestation that is already in full progress."