What to do when your dog has fleas and tick?


We're at that time of the year when the stories of ticks and fleas attacking dogs are ever so high.

However, it is a huge misconception to believe that tick and flea attack is only possible in a particular period of the year. That is not true. Dogs are susceptible to ticks or flea attacks at any time of the year.

At the end of this blog, you will be able to tell if your furry friend is infested with ticks or fleas, and preventive care that can protect your pooch. 

How to tell if your dog has fleas.

There are quite several symptoms to watch out for, seeing any of these is a sign that your dog may be infested with fleas.

  • You see flea droppings on your dog's fur.
  • There is sudden biting or excessive licking of his skin.
  • There is an unusual hair loss or bald spots.
  • The dog just begins to scratch vigorously.

What to do when your dog has fleas

Once it is confirmed your dog is infested with fleas, it's time to start your own counterattack on these small monsters. Fortunately, there are several ways to tackle the problem. Here are some ways you can deal with dog fleas:

Use over the counter products:

There are many products you can purchase from your local pet store, Malls or supermarkets for the treatment of fleas. Most of these items may be in the form of collars that the dog has to wear or they may be topical sprays, shampoos (for shampoo baths) or powders.

Insecticide-based products are effective in getting rid of the fleas attacking your dogs, but they are not meant to be a long term solution because the fleas may become resistant after some time and regain foothold even as you use some of them. 

Prescription medication: 

This is a very effective way to treat a dog with fleas as it also helps to prevent the infestation in the first place. And that is enough reason to visit your veterinarian regularly for a prescription. These products do not only kill fleas, but they're also designed to stop their spread or growth, and also work on all the life stages of these fleas. The treatment also makes it difficult for fleas to return. Some of the medication –bravecto for instance, will protect your dog for up to 90 days.

Symptoms of tick infestation

The following are symptoms of ticks on your dog:

  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Shifting Leg Lameness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting.
  • Petechial or reddish spots on the gum.

What to do when your dog has tick?

Ticks can pose a serious health problem for dogs. Do you suspect your furry friend has ticks? If you do, here's a possible solution:

Contact your vet immediately

Any tick problem should be dealt with immediately. Your vet is likely to recommend a series of blood samples taken over a period of time to understand if your dog is infected, and by what. The disease in your pets' bloodstream may take some time before they appear in the lab report, so there is a need for a regular blood samples, for a thorough check.

The ticks have to be removed –manually.

Although this may be gross, it has to be done. And while some people think they have successfully removed the tick from their dogs' skin, the head of the tick may still remain –so it is important you get professional help when you intend to remove the ticks.


Your veterinarian will give you medications to prevent another tick attack. The treatments may last from 4 to 12 weeks. The duration of the treatment depends on the type of medication your vet recommends, but mostly lasts for 30 days.

The takeaway

Both ticks and fleas on your dog can be gross and cause severe harm to your pet, but very few pet owners are well-equipped to handle tick and flea infestation.

The best strategy against tick or fleas, however, is to prevent this attack in the first place. It is important to protect your dogs and ensure his dog house or kennel is always kept clean and sanitized.

Groom your dog properly, keep your surrounding clean, only use recommended products on your furry friends, and schedule regular checkups.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. 

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