Tick Protection for Dogs – 5 Things to Consider

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Tick protection for dogs is not something to mess with. We can’t drive that point home enough. Once you make the decision to welcome a pet into your family, it’s your responsibility to take care of them. A huge part of that is flea and tick prevention. As we have said many times, fleas and ticks are more than just a nuisance. They transmit disease, and can make the pet and the humans sick. Prevention is key.

The tiny Grump's favorite hobby - sleeping in our bed. Definitely makes us think about flea and tick prevention!

So, how do you choose the right flea and tick protection for dogs? The first thing to do is talk with your vet, but here are some other things to consider.

5 Things to Think of When Choosing Tick Protection for Dogs

  1. Personality – What type of personality does your dog have? For us, each one of our dogs is highly food motivated. When a tasty chew is involved, they beg for their monthly preventatives. If it involves applying something to their skin — they hide.
  2. Age – Puppies require different preventatives than older dogs in most cases. Be sure to talk to your vet before giving a puppy anything. It can be tempting to put all your dogs on the same thing but definitely check with your vet first.
  3. Size – Similar to age, you want to make sure your tick protection for dogs is the proper dosage. Every time we go to the vet, our dogs are weighed. Sometimes one pound can bump them into a different box of prevention. My vet is extremely mindful of this, making me know that it’s not something to mess with.
  4. Activity – Is your dog hiking in the wilderness with you? Do they love to run in your yard and roll in gross things like mine? Are they couch potatoes but go outside to go potty? Guess what? All of these levels of activity need flea and tick prevention. I’ve heard people say, “My dog rarely goes outside, so they don’t need protection.” I truly believe that’s a gamble. Unless your dog is doing his business in your house, or you live in the Arctic somewhere, I think you’re better off giving them monthly protection.Take your dogs on walking adventures! Just be sure they have flea and tick protection first.
  5. Hobbies – This goes with activity, but I wanted to separate it. What does your dog do in his free time? (LOL) I thought about this the other day watching our three guys. None of our dogs are restricted from any area in the house. This means they lay on couches, beds, our pillows, and anywhere they please! If you give that too much thought, you will seriously gross yourself out. All the more reason to take all the precaution against fleas and ticks.

Tick Protection for Dogs - think about who you share your pillow with!

Ask your vet about BRAVECTO. BRAVECTO is a tasty chew that provides protection from fleas and ticks for up to 12 weeks*. It also starts killing fleas within 2 hours and kills 100% of fleas within 12 hours. *Bravecto kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. Bravecto also kills lone start ticks for 8 weeks. Go to Bravecto.com for full prescribing information.

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Get your tick protection for dogs in order so you can go back to enjoying them. These little creatures bring us so much joy, but always remember that they are living beings that require care. Do your part to keep them as healthy as possible and you’ll have a wonderful companion for years to come.

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  1. We do our best to protect our dogs from getting fleas and ticks. We make sure they are treated, so that they don’t get any of those bugs, and also to keep them from getting whatever diseases those things can transmit.

  2. O how my kids want a dog!! Lol this will be good to know

  3. We do have ticks in Colorado so dogs need to be protected.

  4. What an important topic to discuss for sure! Ticks can be so icky, glad there is preventative care and options for pets!

  5. Cathi Crismon says:

    Our kids go camping and hiking all the time with our grand dogs. I need to get them some BRAVECTO. I don’t want anything happening to our four-legged grands!

  6. Thanks for the tips. Dogs definitely need to be protected. I sure don’t want them bringing ticks into my house!

  7. Cute pup. Yes, we don’t miss a does, either!

  8. Beeb Ashcroft says:

    Your pooch is a cutie! So important to keep our furry friends healthy and free from nasties like ticks and fleas.

  9. Amanda West says:

    Such great tips! Dogs are a big responsibility, I’m glad you are sharing this important topic.

  10. Thank you for sharing. I’ll be sure to pass this along to friends!

  11. Barb Webb says:

    Thanks for sharing! Excellent advice! We are just about past tick season here, but still take precautions for our pups.

  12. This is such great advice! My one dog was really lazy, so a topical was great for him. Our other dog was hyper, and a licker, so topicals weren’t the best idea for her. I think so many people think that everything is a one size fits all when it comes to our pets.

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