Let’s picture this. You and your furry buddy are back from the whole afternoon running around, playing hide and seek, throwing and catching balls and chasing squirrels. He is so tired and as soon as both of you get down to the living room; he lays his body on the warm bed by the fireplace. Suddenly, you raise your head and notice his legs twitching. "He must see something in his dream," you wonder. But he is wide awake now but continues to scratch. That is when you freak out and wonder what is going on. Well, that scenario is a signal for a thorough check on your dog's coat for fleas and ticks. Don't worry just yet because these little nuisances are ordinary and with some measures, you can keep things under control.
1. Why we need fleas and tick spray for dogs?
a) Fleas and ticks are harmful
If you are asking yourself "Do fleas and ticks harm to dogs?" then the short answer is YES. Even though the adverse effect of fleas and ticks are not severe and directly dangerous in comparison with other dog illnesses like diarrhea, they cause your dog some discomforts. Both fleas and ticks leave your dogs itchy and scratching all the time. When your pet scratches his body, the outer skin is scuffed, and some small little holes appear on the surface of the skin. It is these holes that allow viruses get into the blood and result in dangerous diseases.
Fleas are wingless jumping parasites that live on biting human and animals for blood. Their bites leave the hosts itchy and make them continually chafe themselves. One scratch leads to another and soon, the “hot spots”- irritated patches of skin appear on your cat or dog, which is primed for allergies and secondary infections. When there are too many fleas holding to your pet, the loss of blood can grow so high that leads to anemia, a frequent and worrying problem for kitties and puppies.
Moreover, parasites often carry many diseases with them. They can transmit ailments like cat scratch fever and tularemia (“rabbit fever”) whose symptoms include fever, lethargy and weight loss.
Your dog or cat can become the host to fleas by going through dense brushes or licking the wounds of other infected dogs. Fleas can survive on your pet without blood meals for more than three months, and they can still lurk inside your house even when pets are isolated. Flea populations can increase within only two days, female fleas begin to breed, and during their lifetime, hundreds of eggs are laid. It is extremely time-consuming to remove all of these eggs.
Ticks are smaller and rarer in the household than fleas, so it is harder for unaware owners to detect. In general, ticks cause almost the same problem as fleas such as itching and bacteria transferring. Some common infections caused by ticks are Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and sometimes even fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever. After being bitten by some particular kinds of tick, dogs may experience difficulty associated with breathing, chewing, swallowing and weakened hind legs. The culprit of all the sickness is a toxin released by the tick itself and the only way to cure this is getting rid of the offending ticks.
b) Natural sprays are direct and saving
To prevent the growth of fleas and ticks, there are many ways which have been suggested by the experts. You can take preventative measures such as cleaning your house; clear all the bushes by calling an exterminator or set a fogger bomb. However, all the above methods require lots of time; money and labor and honestly, they cannot directly remove fleas and ticks on your dogs. This is the perfect time to call for a spray. A spray is a versatile and on-spot treatment for dog parasites. The function of dog spray is identical to spray insecticide for outside use. Flea sprays for dogs kill fleas, ticks, and mites on contact or contain ingredients that repel them. Unlike spray insecticide, however, one unique thing about flea sprays for dogs is that many of them can be used both on the surfaces of your home and directly on your dog. This means that after providing instant relief to an itchy dog, you can take the same bottle to rid your carpets, rugs, and upholstery of eggs, larvae, and adults. You need to check the instructions carefully to know which sprays bath for your whole home, which is strictly for use on the dog.
c) Natural spray is environment-friendly and harmless to human/animals
It is evident that organic spray also causes no harm to the environment and the surrounding creatures compared with chemical sprays. Many homemade oils such as clove oil, peppermint oil, and citrus oils can be used to repel fleas and ticks, and they work. The reason behind this effective method is active ingredient eugenol. This substance kills fleas and ticks by “desiccation: they abrade the wax and oil on the insect's outer covering, leading to dehydration and death." The advantage is that it is so safe that you can use it everywhere even in schools where there is a high concentration of children. It can also be sprayed on all surfaces and objects and do no harm to people or pets around.
2. Best 3 natural flea and tick home sprays for dogs
Now that we understand why natural home flea and tick spray is one thing that cannot be missed in your house. Let’s get down checking what the best products in the section are.
a) Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home Spray
We start the list with the best-selling dog spray of all times. According to the manufacturers, this product can kill fleas, flea eggs and ticks on your dog and even chase mosquitoes away. It can be used both on your dog and in your house. They key components of this product are all natural: peppermint oil and clove extract, which means that it is entirely safe around your animals and children. You may worry whether it contains permethrin like other sprays but relax since there is no such chemical and your cats can inhale this without any problem.
It is recommended that you spray and massage into the coat of your pet and repeating as necessary to kill any fleas and ticks. The best age for dogs to use this is over 12 weeks old. For animals under 12 weeks old, it is the best to ask for vet’s advice.
The price of this spray is very reasonable. With $9.4932, you have a 32-ounce spray which lasts for up to 50 times of use.
Regarding the cons, this product has quite a strong scent which can be annoying to some people and cats.
b) Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment Dog/Cat Spray
In this spray bottle version of Frontline, fipronil is the main ingredients to kill fleas and ticks. Its function is almost the same as the typical topical treatment of Frontline. Many users assume that this is primarily a spray version of the dosage usually found in tubes, but with a bit more packaging works. This product is very cost efficient and can operate for 30 days. While the price ($34.99 for 8.5 ounces) is quite a bit more than the others on this list, Frontline is a favorite product whose effects on keeping control pests has been confirmed by many. Pick this one if you have faith in the Frontline name.
One little disadvantage of this product is that it is restricted to animal use only. Spraying this onto bedding or home fixture is not a very good idea.
c) Adams Plus Flea and Tick Spray for Cats and Dogs
Like the Vet’s Best, this product can be used directly on dogs or furniture. It kills fleas, flea eggs and larvae, and ticks right away, while also repelling mosquitoes. This spray differs from Vet’s best in the way that apart from traditional natural oils, it contains a few chemical formulations which might result in better performance but also raise the concern for some customers. This version of the product also eliminates the use of permethrin; therefore, it can be used on both cats and dogs if you have a mixed household.
According to some reviews, the recommended dosage tends to be higher than standard sprays, so read the instructions carefully and call your vet when applying onto your pet. This is an excellent solution that should get the job done.
The price is in the mid-range with $17.09 for 32 ounces. Pay this amount, and you will have a safe and somewhat effective spray for two months.
There is a downfall to this product is its strong smell and oily texture. Your pest’s coat may look a bit wet and cumbersome after being massage, but it is acceptable if that helps him remove all the fleas and ticks.
About the author: John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and giving advice to those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very special love for pets in general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing information and guidance for those who have the same desire for looking after their dogs in the best ways. Also, he fancies penning helpful and valuable dog care tips to make owners feel at ease with their four-legged buddies on http://gohappydogs.com/