Ticks, fleas, lice, biting lice and scabies are skin parasites. The quality of animal life is not only significantly reduced by them, but also threatened. In the case they are sick, they worsen their overall health.
Phyto-collar: a biocidal collar for dogs and cats effective against ticks and fleas. It does not contain insecticides.
- Carpet cleaning, regular vacuuming, mopping floors
- Dog bed cleaning with solution prepared from natural repellent
- Taking care of the dog´s coat, bathing in a shampoo and brushing with a fine tooth brush.
- Mowing the lawn
Before you let the dog run around in the garden or in the wild, brush out loose hair and clumps to get to the skin. Then it is advisable to apply veterinary repellent spray and wipe it. The likelihood of tick attachment significantly decreases this way.
Check the animal after returning. In the case of long haired dog breeds brush the coat again. Thus you can prevent the attachment of the parasite. If the tick is already attached, use tweezers or a hook to remove it. Grasping the tick, moving and twisting out must be performed in a confident way. Tick bite area after the tick removal is small. If the head stays in the body nothing happens because the tick bite area maturates. Treat the affected area with a disinfectant such as iodine tincture.
Prevention is very useful in this case. Tablets containing vitamin B, addition of yeast and a small amount of garlic into food have proven to be beneficial. The positive effect also has application of solution prepared from water and a few lemons on the coat.
If the animal gets a tick or a flea despite our care, it is recommended to start using veterinary products with active ingredients containing natural substances. If we are not able to prevent our animals from fleas repeatedly, it is also possible to use products containing insecticides. They interfere with the metabolism of very important substances in every living organism called acetylcholine. Insecticides enter the neurotransmitter in the parts of the nervous system that way. At this point, we recommend that you consider the risks of products containing chemical insecticides and benefits for animals and humans.
Side effects of insecticides are described in detail in many books concerning pharmacology and they are commonly known among experts. Therefore, we only choose the most frequent here, which may occur due to inappropriate or excessive use of insecticides:
Organophosphates and carbamates: drooling, incontinence, vomiting, spontaneous defecation, weakness, seizures, tremors, difficulty breathing, slow heartbeat, skin diseases. Carbamates in addition cause loss of bone marrow and brain degeneration.
Organochlorides: an exaggerated response to touch, light, sound, convulsions, tremor. Some substances from this group have proven carcinogenic effects.
Pyrethrins, pyrethroids: skin and allergic reactions, vomiting, headaches, liver damage. Certain compounds from this group have potentially carcinogenic effects.
The good news is that many natural substances are effective against fleas and ticks without posing a potential health risk on us, dogs or cats. Even with products containing natural substances it is possible to achieve the expected results if enough patience is showed. Veterinary collar containing active ingredients based on natural substances could be the first choice for all who want to fight ticks and fleas efficiently and with respect for nature.
If you are using a biocidal product containing insecticides and your dog has any of the side effects as described in chapter What can insecticides cause?, be sure to see a vet.