There is no such thing as THE right tick repellent strategy that fits all dogs. When choosing suitable protective measures, dog owners should limit the individual risk of the dog in consultation with their veterinarian; The individual tick defence strategy can then be derived from this. The use of flea medicine for dogs by PetFriendly would be befucual and the best option if flea infestation occurs.
The tick risk depends on the husbandry and living conditions
The typical habitat of the common woodblock includes deciduous and mixed forests with year-round closed leaf litter, forest clearings and forest edges. Provided it is sufficiently moist, the wood tick can also be found in coniferous forests, parks, gardens designed naturally and bushy fallow areas.
Dogs that are only kept indoors and are only walked around the block on paved sidewalks when walking has a very low risk of ticks, since ticks are in the forest, on meadows or in green parks. In this case, extensive protective measures against ticks are superfluous. However, dogs should not be kept like this.
Dogs that are allowed to romp around in the garden have shown that ticks can also be found in many gardens, regardless of whether the gardens are in urban regions or rural outskirts and/or regular exercise carry an average risk of ticks outdoors in urban parks, green areas or in forests and meadows. If the animals still have regular contact with other dogs – i.e. if the dog has a normal dog life – its risk of ticks also increases. In addition to a regular “tick check routine” after every stay outdoors, veterinarians recommend the preventive use of a tick protection product throughout the tick season. As dog owners can never be sure whether the dog has caught a tick or not; and even with a thorough search, it’s easy to miss a tick.
There is a high, continuous risk of ticks in dogs that live in animal shelters, kennels or households with several animals because there the physical contact between the animals is very high. Ticks that have not yet attached themselves and crawl around on a dog in search of a suitable bite site can pass from dog to dog on physical contact. Hunting dogs also carry a high risk of ticks, because they are often out and about in the woods and fields in exactly the natural habitats of ticks. In these cases, veterinarians recommend year-round use of a tick protection product also outside the main season. Under certain circumstances, an environmental treatment is also useful to keep kennels and similar rooms where several or many dogs regularly stay tick-free.