Beware of Fleas and Ticks – July 2017
Ticks can latch on to your Australian Labradoodle hiking through the woods, walking down the street, or just playing catch in your yard. Ticks attach to your dog’s body and can cause Lyme Disease.
Different flea and tick medicines work better in different parts of the country. We are in the Midwest and we successfully use Frontline Plus. Over the last 8 years we have seen two ticks on our dogs and they have been dead. ;
If you do find a tick on your dog we recommend saving it in a plastic bag. If your dog becomes ill you can bring the specimen into your veterinarian to have it examined.
Steps to Removing A Tick
- Wear Gloves
- Take a tweezers and get as close to the skin as possible without pulling your dogs skin
- Pull the tick straight up and out
- Removing all of the tick is vital or it could lead to infection
- Disinfect the area with antiseptic wash
- Clean your tweezers with alcohol
- Keep an eye on the area to make sure it does no become infected. Also watch for lethargy, lack of appetite, neurological issues, or swelling anywhere.
Find out more useful safety tips for your Australian Labradoodle in our 2017 monthly blogs!
Fleas can come from all over, many people think they can only come from cats. Unfortunately, fleas can come from many sources and the worst problem is getting rid of them! There are natural ways to get rid of fleas as well as chemicals although there is no fast way to get them out of your home. Unfortunately, it takes time.
Fleas can live for different amounts of times depending on their environments. We have found that Diatomaceous Earth works well when sprinkled on the areas the dog has been in. You must leave this undisturbed for 24 hours before vaccuming it up.
Bravecto is a newer dog chewable tablet that can prevent fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks. If your current flea and tick medicine has failed this may be one you want to try.
Unfortunately we can take preventative measures to assure our Labradoodles do not get fleas or ticks and they could fail. Be prepared in case this happens to you.
Ashford Manor Labradoodles
Australian Labradoodle Breeder