Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tick-borne disease that dogs can get and they don’t keep dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it is important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.
A pesticide product that kills ticks is known as an acaricide. Acaricides that can be used on dogs include dusts, impregnated collars, sprays, or topical treatments. Some acaricides kill the tick on contact. Others may be absorbed into the bloodstream of a dog and kill ticks that attach and feed.
A repellent product may prevent the tick from coming into contact with an animal at all or have anti-feeding effects once the tick comes into contact with the chemical, thus preventing a bite.
There are many types of tick control products on the market, some are available over the counter; others by prescription, available through your veterinarian. Before deciding which type of product to use it is a good idea to consult with your veterinarian. He will determine the best method of tick control for your pet based on the risk factors (potential exposure, lifestyle, and geographic location) of your pet, and the need for any additional parasite control coverage.
You should continue to check your pet frequently for any sign of ticks, even while using tick preventive products.