Flea and Tick Control Articles
As ticks can be found in all of the contiguous 48 states as well as Hawaii, it’s vital that all hunting dog owners take a few minutes to educate themselves on the dangers these pests pose to both them and their pets. Here’s a quick summary of some common ticks found in the United States.
As the owner of a hunting dog, there’s a good chance that at one time or another, you’ve had to deal with fleas. This is for good reason, as the nation’s hunting grounds often provide ideal breeding conditions for these biting pests, leaving unprotected dogs susceptible to their attacks. And while the discomfort that a flea infestation can cause to both dogs and humans is well known, less understood is the potential danger fleas pose to your dog’s health.
Bringing home a puppy can be intimidating for pet parents because of the care, attention and responsibility required. The way you treat your dog as a puppy will affect its behavior as an adult, therefore, proper care and training should begin the minute its paw steps through the front door.
A German Shorthair Pointer jumping feet-first into a pond … an English Setter sprinting across a shallow stream … a Labrador Retriever enjoying a quick swim in a cool lake. These are common sights during hunting season. Splashing through water is part of an active hunting dog’s life. It is what helps separate them from the average family pet. That is why it is important for hunters to feel confident that protection from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes will not wash off during work or play. “Because many hunting dogs come in contact with water, we suggest using K9 AdvantixTM. K9 Advantix repels and kills fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes — even after a dog has spent a great deal of time in the water.
Running through brush, grass, and soggy areas puts hunting dogs at high risk for exposure to fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Dogs can be a target whether they are big or small, long haired or short. Ticks can reach out and attach themselves to dogs regardless how quickly the dog is moving. Some common tick species can transmit diseases within minutes of attaching to a dog, so combing out the tick at the end of the hunt could be too late.
Bringing home a puppy can be intimidating for pet parents because of the amount of care, attention and responsibility required. The way you treat your dog as a puppy will affect its behavior as an adult, therefore, proper care and training should begin the minute its paw steps through the front door.
The CDC reports the incidence of Lyme disease has increased 40 percent from 2001 to 2002 for humans. As a result, there also is an increase in Lyme disease incidence for dogs. In fact, according to the American Lyme Disease Foundation’s (ALDF) best estimates, Lyme disease can occur at rates in dogs that are 50 to 100 times the rate of humans.
With warm weather comes the start of parasite season and the inevitable onslaught of “The Big Three”—fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Hunting dogs will inevitably feel the effects if you don’t take preventative measures to fight against parasites, especially since they spend time in areas where parasites are prevalent.