How can I keep my dog free of ticks?

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Ticks lay their eggs, as many as 18,000 in some species, in sheltered areas on or near the ground. Successful control of ticks depends on eliminating these pests from the dog and the environment. To control ticks on a dog, all animals in the household must be part of the flea/ticks control programme. There are two basic categories of ticks control products—Adulticides and Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs)/Insect Development Inhibitors (IDIs). They are available once a month spot-on sprays or pills. Some pills work for three months. It’s always best to treat the dog and the environment on the same day. The insecticides in the environment (as sprays) must be preceded by a thorough vacuuming; special attention should be paid to the areas under furniture, carpets, near pet bedding, and along mouldings. Make sure that other pets/dogs he frequently contacts or visits are free from fleas and ticks. Your vet will choose a product or products that combine safety, efficacy, and ease of use by you.

Question by – Birendra Singh, Mumbai

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