One of the best things you can do for your dog is to increase the prevention of getting a tick in the first place. Keep your grass mowed and don’t let it get very long. If you have large trees, keep the leaves raked up. Since ticks overwinter in leaf piles, keeping them out of your yard will effectively remove their habitat. You can even purchase granular pesticides that you sprinkle into around your yard that can kill of ticks and their larva. As with all types of pesticides, make certain you read and follow the directions.
If you are looking to treat your dog directly, there are a variety of treatments that will prevent or reduce the risk of ticks. With any type of treatment, make certain you read the directions carefully and follow them to letter. Some of the most common ways that dogs get sick is from the misuse of parasite treatments. Another good thing to consider is speaking to your veterinarian. He or she will have specific knowledge of effective treatment options. There are chemical dips, shampoos, repellants, dog tick collars, powders, sprays, and oral medications. If you follow the directions with precision, you can keep your dog safe from the diseases that can be transmitted by ticks. Sometimes, homeowners will decide to keep their dogs indoors thereby removing the risk completely. If this isn’t an option, you might want to consider treating your yard and treating your dog. The combination of treatments will increase your success rate of killing the ticks before they can become a problem for your furry best friend.