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A. You need to apply a good quality tick treatment from your veterinarian. The over the counter ones are not as effective. If you have been bitten by a tick you need to consult a human doctor.

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Incorrectly applying topical flea prevention is the most common cause for why it`s not working. Topical medication should be applied directly to the skin, not to your pet`s fur. You must part their hair so you can apply it to the skin.
It seems like an easy thing, but the majority of “product failures” are actually due to incorrect application or bathing too close to the time of application. When you buy product from your veterinarian, you`ll be shown the most effective way to apply it and told when you can bathe your pet or let them swim again.
There are a variety of reasons why your flea medication may not seem to be offering any relief for your pet. The product may be a cheap over-the-counter treatment, you may be using the medication incorrectly, or you may not be keeping your pet`s environment clean, which is vital to eradicating fleas.
Topical preventions have been shown to clear current flea burdens on dogs within 12–48 hours, and oral preventions often work within the first two to four hours. When it comes to ticks, both oral and topical options should cause tick death in 24–48 hours.
Speak to your veterinarian about this first if your flea medicine is not working. One Frontline alternative is to switch to another topical product. Another alternative is to supplement the topical product with another product that works internally, such as Capstar.
Flea and tick shampoo can help provide immediate relief for an uncomfortable pet,” says Dr. Green. Adams Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo with Precor kills all flea life stages, ticks, and lice on contact and continues working for 28 days. It has a light coconut scent and contains skin-soothing ingredients like oatmeal.
If you notice one or more ticks already attached to your dog, physically removing the tick is recommended. Submerging a tick in original Listerine or rubbing alcohol will kill it instantly.
Topical products with fipronil (e.g. Frontline) do not repel or prevent tick attachment, which means you may still see ticks crawling on your pet. It will not kill ticks until after attachment for 24 hours.
When used as directed, such products are safe and effective. However, dogs and cats can easily become sick if too much or the wrong flea product is applied, or the product is ingested post-application.
You can reapply flea treatment after 2 weeks, but it`s not necessary. Fleas are a common problem for dogs and cats, and there are many treatments available to help you protect your pet from these pesky parasites. However, if you have applied a flea treatment in the past 2 weeks, there is no need to reapply it again.
An undisturbed tick larva can remain attached and continue to feed for about three days, a tick in the nymph stage for three to four days, and an adult female for seven to ten days. If the dog has already been exposed to certain tick saliva proteins, the tick may have a harder time feeding and may stay attached longer.
In the majority of cases, removal of ticks from your dog will lead to a reduction of symptoms within 24 hours and total recovery within 72 hours.
Often even after treating with a suitable flea treatment you will still see flea`s on your animal. However, this does not mean that the treatment has not worked or that the fleas are immune – the reasons are fairly simple: Fleas are hatching in your home and re-infecting your pet.
If your dog is constantly being reinfested with fleas after treatment, it is most likely there is an environmental infestation in or around your house. The adult fleas we see on pets represent only 5% of the total population. The other 95% are immature stages in the environment.
Allow lather to stand five minutes, then rinse completely and towel dry. It should not be necessary to repeat the shampoo application unless the animal is excessively dirty. Kills fleas fast and begins to kill ticks within 1 or 2 days, reaching maximum effectiveness in 7 to 10 days.
Ans. Dog tick shampoo is designed to help remove and prevent ticks and fleas on your pet. It can also help treat existing skin irritations caused by these parasites. The active ingredients in most tick shampoos are pyrethrins, which is a type of insecticide that kills parasites on contact.
Signs Your Dog Has a Tick

Licking and chewing: Your dog may lick and chew at a particular area on its body where the tick is located. Red, inflamed skin: Sometimes, the skin around the embedded tick can become swollen, inflamed, and red.

Dogs may develop Lyme disease from the bite of a blacklegged tick, which may transmit bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi. Once ill, dogs can become feverish and lame in one or more joints.
Suffocating a tick in a plastic bag or jar will eventually kill it as well. Just make sure your method of suffocation is sealed tightly. Burning a tick will certainly destroy it. While burning a tick is possible, just be sure to do this in a safe environment like an outdoor fire pit or burn barrel.
A homemade spray solution of one part vinegar and one part water helps keep ticks and fleas away from your pets. Pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray directly onto your pets, but be careful not to get it in their eyes.
Not only do ticks feed on your dog`s blood, but they can also expose him to a variety of deadly diseases. Female ticks are also known to lay eggs on the host body which then hatch into larvae and eventually grow into adult ticks.
Wash your hands, clean your pet`s wound with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers with isopropyl alcohol. Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
You shouldn`t need to use flea shampoo unless your dog has an active flea infestation. But if that`s the case, you can wash your dog 1-2 times a week, but not long term.
Signs and Symptoms of Flea Medication Overdose

This can result in repetitive nerve discharges, or twitches and tremors, in affected dogs. So if a dog has a mild overdose of flea medication, symptoms, you may notice include twitching, excessive salivation, paw flicking, vomiting and diarrhea, and depression.

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Q. Which flea and tick drops are the best and why?
ANSWER : A. Your question is a good one, and unfortunately the answers are going to differ based on who you ask. Many vets are seeing resistance to Frontline, which has been the go-to product for many of us for many years. It contains the active ingredient Fipronil, which is very safe and typically extremely effective. I use it on my dogs and never see fleas or ticks. However other vets will tell you in their areas, for whatever reason, they are seeing fleas and ticks on dogs and cats on which this product was used.

Another reason opinions differ is that some people like to give an oral product, and some like to put a topical product directly on the skin. That’s a matter of personal preference mostly. Bravecto, as mentioned below, is one of those products. Most people find it safe and effective. It uses a different process that Frontline to kill fleas and ticks.

In general the products you buy over-the-counter are likely going to be less expensive and less effective than what you get from a vet. I think the reason is that the more expensive products contain newer insecticides, and likely less resistance to these products has built up in the flea and tick population but also they are maybe less “proven”, so it’s important for a vet to be involved in the use of the product in order to ensure that there won’t be a negative reaction to using it.

If I lived in an area where there was Lyme disease (in the US that’s the northeast and upper midwest) I’d most definitely add a tick collar to my standard oral or topical flea and tick prevention. AND I’d search both of my dogs everyday for ticks. It’s because nothing you buy will be 100% effective, and Lyme disease can be a very serious problem.

If you want to talk further and talk more specifically about where you live and what products you’re considering, I’d be happy to do a consult with you. Nobody here is paid to recommend products, but we do develop preferences based on what we use on our own pets and in our practices.

Q. I have used collar, ultra guard plus, shampoo. No results. Yesterday a tick was stuck on my back and bite me. Please tell me what to do?
ANSWER : A. You need to apply a good quality tick treatment from your veterinarian. The over the counter ones are not as effective. If you have been bitten by a tick you need to consult a human doctor.

Q. How can I remove internal ticks?
ANSWER : A. If you mean the ticks are embedded deeply in the skin, you can use a pair of tweezers to gently remove the tick. If the head becomes detached, most healthy bodies will push the head out of the skin naturally over a period of time. Using Vaseline over the tick can also sometimes cause it to back out on its own and be removed. Getting your dog on a monthly flea and tick preventative can help prevent future ticks from hopping on, also, if you are in an area where tick-borne disease are a problem it is always a good idea to have any tick bites examined by your local veterinarian.

If you mean the ticks were eaten, they will most likely pass through your dog without problem. However if you suspect there is an issue, your vet should take a look.

Q. My Bulldog puppy growls, barks and even tries to bite me when I say “no” to him. What can I do?
ANSWER : A. First, avoid scolding him and acting aggressively towards him if you don’t want him to be acting aggressively towards you. There are other methods you can use to communicate to your dog that you don’t want him to continue doing what he is doing. I recommend you stop telling him “no”, scolding him, or raising your voice at him. Everything coming from you should be 100% positive and 100% calm.

Try to figure out ways to clearly communicate what you want to your dog. If you want your dog to leave something or someone alone, I strongly suggest teaching your dog commands like “leave it”. Here is a link to a video in which I explain how to do it:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1TS5nA7z5Q

Another thing I suggest you use is a no-reward marker. This clearly communicates when your dog has done something wrong. No-reward markers have to be introduced during your training sessions. You should be doing at least three training sessions per day, that are something like 3-10 minutes long (working on different things each training session). If you are teaching your dog something BRAND NEW, do not use the no-reward marker, as you do not want to discourage your dog from performing behaviors for you. Use the no-reward marker for known behaviors only. Here is another helpful video about this:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdU5a6fXKlg

Lure each new behavior (as shown in the video) using high value treats. Let’s say you’re working on “down” which is a behavior your dog knows fairly well. Present the treat to your dog. Ask your dog to “down” (only ask once). If he does not go “down” immediately, say, “uh-oh” or “eh-eh” in a gentle tone, and then place the treat behind your back. This communicates to your dog that they did something to make the treat go away.

After you place the treat behind your back to show your pup “that was wrong” you need to communicate to your pup “let’s try again” by getting your pup to walk around for a second, and then start the behavior all over again. If your puppy is very young, chances are you haven’t taught him a solid “down” behavior yet. So, as I said, do not use this method until you have lured each new behavior as shown in the video.

This is the order in which you should teach behaviors: Lure using a high value treat as shown in the video. After a few successful food lures, lure with an empty hand. If the pup is successful with the empty hand lure, reward with lots of treats. If the pup is unsuccessful, then go back to food-luring a couple more times. After a few successful empty-hand lures, you can begin to add the cue. Say “sit”, then lure with an empty hand, and then reward. Once your pup understands the cue, begin to work on the no-reward marker.

Q. My dog appears to have a bite possibly from a tick on her skin, it is red and lumpy but I cannot see a tick. What do you recommend
ANSWER : A. A tick’s bite can be very irritating and frequently results in a ‘granuloma’ after the tick completes feeding and drops off. These granulomas typically resolve in a week or two. Monitor for redness or discharge. Keep the site clean and dry. Prevent licking or scratching if possible. Use a monthly tick preventative such as Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix or Vectra to prevent tick bites.

Q. Post-op Spay of a female Siberian husky at 6 months, it’s been 3 days since the operation. What are my limits with her? In detail.
ANSWER : A. Two weeks after surgery you will want to keep exercise to a minimum. Take the dog outside to go potty on a leash to make sure she isn’t running too much. You won’t need to do anything to the wound, unless the doctor used staples then you will need to have a re-check to remove them. Most doctors do not use staples anymore so if you do not have an appointment schedule you are probably fine. IF you have any issues at ALL don’t be afraid to call your vet. Your veterinarian should have given you an E-collar, use that for the entire two weeks. That will help keep your dog from lick and chewing at the incision which is very important. after two weeks your dog should be fully healed. Your dog doesn’t always have to use the e-collar if you’re able to watch the dog. You can take the e-collar off for feeding times as well. Think of the E-collar as your insurance that your dog will not ruin their incision site. If you did not get one and your dog is licking the site please go back to your vet and ask for an e-collar or purchase one at a pet store.

Q. Can I put frontline.on a weak dog? Ticks are a bit much on him.afraid it gets worse while he is catching back his strength.
ANSWER : A. I would hesitate to put Frontline on a dog that is already showing signs of weakness. If he is infested, I would be more inclined to give him a bath with flea and tick shampoo and manually remove all the ticks and give him some time to recover somewhat before applying Frontline. If the ticks are a problem in your area, the Frontline may not be adequate. One good product for ticks is the Seresto collar or the Virbac Preventick collar. These offer protection from ticks (Seresto also helps with fleas) for several months.

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Q. I have a 8 month old Lab. He gets excited and likes to get mouthy and puts the persons hands in his mouth. Doesn’t bite hard. How can we stop this?
ANSWER : A. Bite inhibition is a great way to stop mouthiness that occurs often with teenaged dogs. There are several training techniques that can be done to help teach your dog how to play nicely! One is to teach a “Leave-it” command. Begin by holding a treat in your hand and asking your dog to “leave it”. If he attempts to chew or bite, a high-pitched YELP! will help. Once he backs away or ignores the treat, ask him to “take it” and offer it to him. Another useful way to teach bite inhibition is through the use of a tug toy. Again, the “take it” and “leave it” commands are used. During a tug session, ask your dog to “leave it” or “drop” and exchange with a treat. If he lets go of the toy, reward him! One final option is also “airplaning” treats. This method involves having your dog sit and then slowly lowering a treat toward him. If he goes for the treat, back away and start over. Once he can sit calmly and not chew on you, reward with the treat! All of these techniques are great for helping teach dogs bite inhibition. 🙂

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