How do I deal with tick infestation of my three-year-old Pug, Simba?

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A generalised tick life cycle consists of egg, larva, nymph and adult. Ticks lay their eggs (as many as 18,000 in some species) in sheltered areas on or near the ground. Generally two class of medicines are used for successful control of ticks—one to kill adults and another one to prevent ticks from hatching or maturing. Successful control of ticks and fleas depends on eliminating these pests from the dog and the environment. It is always best to treat the dog and the environment on the same day. Nowadays, long lasting topical (spot on) and oral tablets are available for controlling ticks. The use of these insecticides must be preceded by a thorough vacuuming. Places where dogs spend most of their time will have the greatest numbers of deposited eggs and newly emerged ticks—the areas under furniture, carpets, near pet bedding, etc. Make sure that other pets/dogs he frequently contacts/visits are free from ticks. Consult your vet for right product.

Question by – Dev Kumar, New Delhi

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