September is the tick season for your pets – a perfect harmony between heat and humidity makes it the prime period for them ticks to find unwilling hosts. As you bring your fur-kids out on their daily evening walk, it is more than easy for them to bring back the unwanted guest. They can pick it up from plants or other animals in the environment, and thus begin your arduous journey of getting these pests out of your pet’s fur.Tick-Related Diseases
Ticks aren’t just annoying – they can be quite harmful to your pet’s health as well. By acting as carriers for blood parasites, it can infect healthy dogs through its bites. In sunny Singapore, one of the most common ticks is the brown dog tick – the main culprit for transmission of Ehrlichia. Commonly known as tick fever, Ehrlichia reduces red blood cell and platelet count in the bloodstream, resulting in frequent nose bleeds and affects most organs. Symptoms include weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, bloody stools and most importantly, fever.
Another disease caused by ticks is the Lyme disease – though this is not as common in Singapore as compared to other countries such as US because it is carried by deer ticks.Getting Rid of Ticks
1. By Hand
This method is free but labour intensive – what you’d have to do is to manually remove the ticks from your furkid’s skin with a pair of tweezers, and drown them in alcohol or dispose of them in a sealed plastic bag. Remember disinfect the wounds thoroughly after! Alternatively, visit a mobile pet grooming service in Singapore, and let them handle it for you. Take note though, this method can only remove the ticks on your furkid’s body. It is very possible that the ticks have invaded your home as well, so make sure to disinfect and clean the entire house as well! This includes dusting the obscure corners and sending all your carpets and bedding to the dry cleaners!
2. Invest in Flea Collars
Flea collars are collars containing anti-flea products – put it on your dog and let the collar work its magic. The medication held within the collar will be released slowly and make its way slowly across the dog’s body via its natural skin secretions. This anti-flea product may be chemical or herbal based, and can kill off the ticks on contact or after they’d bitten the dog. Depending on the brand, flea collars usually lose their effectiveness after a few months so they’ll have to be replaced regularly. Get them at a pet event in Singapore or at an online pet store now and keep those pests at bay!
3. Applying Topical Medication
This includes anti-tick sprays or Give your fur-kid a spritz after every shower to ward off those annoying pests! You can choose either a chemical spray or ones made with natural ingredients such as neem oil or lemongrass oil – the former is more efficient, while the latter is a safe choice especially for pets and paw-rents with sensitive skin. Take note though, you will have to apply the topical medication regularly to kill off any ticks as well as for preventive measures. Consult a vet in Singapore to find out which brand is most suitable for your furkid!