It's November 28 and would you believe I just found a tick walking on my dogs back, YUCK!!!! Ticks!!!! Summer may be over but this is the time of year when fleas and ticks try really hard to get somewhere warm before winter sets in. There is a common belief that fleas and ticks are just a seasonal concern: they come out in the warmer weather and die off in the colder seasons. We expect those first frosts or snows will send the little pests packing and give us a few months respite before they reappear. Even in cold weather, fleas can survive in many places, including underground in burrows, in sheds and outbuildings, under decks and around foundations — where the temperatures, food supply and overall conditions are sufficient to maintain a population of reproducing fleas. Leaf piles that kids and dogs love to play in are a haven for fleas. Ticks can also survive surprisingly low temperatures and love to climb up tall grasses so that they can grab onto a passing animal or human.
While most of us blame ticks for Lyme, it really is the mice who harbor the disease and the ticks who spread it. The population of mice directly correlates to the number of Lyme cases and 2017 was predicted to be a very bad year for the spread of Lyme. Lyme can infect both dogs and humans. Most of the time a rash forms around the tick bite, but not always. Eventually, fever, headache, and lethargy appear followed by more serious symptoms like inability to move parts of the face, joint pains, heart palpitations, and memory problems. Lyme is spread by blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, as well as western blacklegged ticks. Another well-known disease that is spread through ticks is Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Symptoms include headaches, lethargy, abdominal pain, and vomiting. It can be severe and fatal if it isn’t treated within a few days. The disease is spread by the American dog tick, the brown dog tick, and the Rocky Mountain wood tick. If you see your dog achy or limping, run blood work to test for a tick born disease. I run this test on my dogs at least twice a year, and knock on wood they always come back negative. I dont mind the cost because it gives me peace of mind and if positive I can get them on treatment quicker.
Everyone across the United States should check themselves and their pets for ticks after spending time outdoors, and arm yourself and your pets with a flea and tick treatment. I check my dogs every time they come back in the house after playing in the yard. Interestingly, I saw 1 tick walking on my dog that was the only dog who gets a topical product on her skin once a month. There was nothing on the dog that is being treated 100% with natural, organic products. My younger dog is very sensitive to chemical products on her skin so I have been treating her with Flee Flea Flee, an herbal mix of kelp, flax meal garlic and yeast that I put in her food. When I know we will be out in tall grass I spray everyone with Carpe Insectae herbal spray, which I carry for both dogs and humans. Starting today Darcy will be 100% changed over to the all natural, herbal protocol because I can tell it works better.
If you would like to learn more about any of the natural flea and tick products that I have been using, please contact me. I have been testing this natural approach since early spring and I know it works.To see the complete list of natural solutions to prevent fleas and ticks check out these products in our store.