Zeckenabwehr. Welche Möglichkeiten gibt es? - BugBell GmbH

Tick ​​repellent. What are the options?

Tick ​​infestations in dogs can not only be annoying, but also pose a health problem, as ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease or anaplasmosis.

How can I prevent ticks on dogs?

Check your dog regularly for ticks, especially after walks in nature. Pay particular attention to sensitive areas such as ears, neck, stomach and paws. Use special tick repellent for dogs. These can come in the form of spot-on preparations, collars, sprays or tablets. They often contain active ingredients such as fipronil or permethrin, which can repel or kill ticks. There are special dog clothes that are treated with insect-repellent materials. These can provide additional protection, especially if your dog travels in tick-rich areas.

Try to avoid areas heavily populated by ticks, such as tall grasses or dense undergrowth. In some regions there are vaccinations against certain tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Ask your veterinarian about the best options for your dog. Some natural products such as essential oils (e.g. lemon oil, lavender oil) can help deter ticks. However, keep in mind that not all natural remedies are safe for dogs, so it's important to speak to a veterinarian beforehand.

It is important to note that no method can provide 100% protection against ticks. However, a combination of various prevention methods can significantly reduce the chances of tick infestation.

How should I remove ticks on dogs?

  1. Prepare tools: Get a pair of tick tweezers or tweezers specifically designed for removing ticks. Make sure the tool is clean to avoid possible infection.

  2. Calm your dog: Calm your dog by talking to him calmly and petting him. A relaxed dog will find the procedure less stressful.

  3. Grab the tick: Grab the tick as close to your dog's skin as possible. Carefully place the pliers or tweezers around the tick's head where it touches the skin.

  4. Apply even pressure: Apply even pressure and slowly and evenly pull the tick straight up. Avoid twisting or pulling the tick sideways, as this can cause the tick's head to break off and become lodged in the skin.

  5. Slow removal: Pull the tick out slowly and steadily until it is completely removed. Be careful not to crush the tick's head.

  6. Disinfect bite site: Clean the bite site with a mild antiseptic or hydrogen peroxide to minimize the risk of infection. Gently pat the area dry.

  7. Dispose of tick: Place the removed tick in a sealable container or piece of tape to preserve it for later identification or analysis.

  8. Observe: Monitor the bite site over the next few days for signs of inflammation, redness, or swelling. If you notice any changes, contact your veterinarian.

  9. Reward your dog: After tick removal, reward your dog with praise, petting, or a treat to make the experience positive.

  10. Disposal: Dispose of the tick and tools used safely to avoid any contamination.

If you are unsure or have difficulty removing the tick, contact your veterinarian. If necessary, they can help you on site or give you advice.

How long does it take for a tick to die?

The death of a tick after its removal can vary depending on the circumstances. As a rule, a tick dies relatively quickly after it is removed because it is no longer supplied with a blood meal.

A healthy tick has better survivability than a weakened or half-filled tick. A tick that has just been removed from a host is often still filled with blood and can live on for a while.

Environmental conditions, such as temperature and humidity, can affect the survival of a removed tick. Ticks are sensitive to dehydration and extreme temperatures.

Can pathogens still be transmitted after the tick has been removed?

Yes, it is possible that pathogens carried by the tick can enter the host's body (e.g. your dog) even after it has been removed. This is because some pathogens, such as the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, are not transmitted immediately but take some time to travel from the tick's intestines to its salivary glands, from where they are transmitted into the host.

If a tick is removed before it has had enough time to transmit pathogens, it is less likely to become infected. However, it is always advisable to observe the dog after tick bites and watch for signs of illness or discomfort.

It is important to understand that tick removal should be done as soon as possible after the bite and in the correct manner to minimize the risk of infection.

How dangerous is a tick bite on a dog?

A tick bite on dogs can pose potential health risks. Ticks can transmit various diseases to dogs, some of which can have serious effects.

It is important to note that not every tick carries pathogens, and not every tick bite necessarily results in infection. However, it is advisable to remove ticks as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of disease transmission. Regularly checking your dog for ticks after outdoor walks is an important step in preventing tick transmission.

If you notice signs of illness or discomfort in your dog after being bitten by a tick or after being in a tick-rich area, you should consult a veterinarian immediately for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

How can I repel ticks?

This question alone may confuse many dog ​​owners. The common idea today is often that only chemical agents can protect our dogs from parasites. However, this is by no means the only option.

Both the wolf and the dog have always fought against parasites in their evolutionary history, and they are apparently quite capable of doing so. After all, this species has existed long before companies like Pfizer, Böhringer & Co. were founded.

The immune system plays a crucial role, particularly in diseases known as “vector-borne diseases” (CVBD) – those transmitted by parasites. A strong immune system can react appropriately to pathogens such as Borrelia, Babesia or Anaplasma. This also explains the high antibody titers that can lead veterinarians to diagnose diseases such as Lyme disease despite the lack of clear clinical symptoms. The production of antibodies is not necessarily evidence of Lyme disease in dogs. It may as well mean that the dog has simply developed an appropriate immune response due to exposure to the pathogen. In this case, the dog actively and successfully fought the disease. Antibiotic therapy in such cases could harm the dog.

Practice also shows that most dogs can deal with a tick infestation without any problems, as long as it stays within the usual limits. Only a small number of dogs react - often to every single tick bite - with symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite or neurological disorders. However, it is a fact that chemical protection in the form of spot-on preparations or tablets does not help these dogs. Even with chemical defense, the tick bites first before it is killed. Basically, there seems to be an intolerance to the neurotoxin that every tick releases into the skin immediately after it bites. This anesthesia of the area means that the parasite remains unnoticed by the host for longer.

It should also not be forgotten that, depending on the type of tick, the transmission of the pathogens can take hours to days. This means that there is time to remove the annoying pests after the tick bite before the risk of infection increases. The prerequisite, of course, is that this particular tick is also infected itself. As a reminder: Only every third tick can transmit Lyme disease; for anaplasmosis, only every 25th tick can transmit it.

It should also be mentioned that commercially available chemical spot-on preparations and tablets can only become effective after the tick has bitten and the chemical poison has been absorbed through the skin. The poison then takes many more hours to finally kill the parasite.

Tick ​​repellent with chemicals

When considering the relevant species of ticks and their ability to transmit dangerous pathogens to our dogs, it becomes clear that the general portrayal in the media, the pharmaceutical industry and among veterinarians is quite questionable. While there is indeed some risk of disease for our dogs, the increasing fear mongering and overuse of chemical repellents seems, in my opinion, unfounded and unreasonable. This is even more true when one considers that protection against the transmission of pathogens is questionable despite chemical treatments.

There are already many dogs who are struggling with sometimes severe side effects, either directly or after a certain delay. In addition to recurring skin problems and diarrhea, epileptic seizures and anaphylactic reactions are also occurring more and more frequently.

In other words: the dogs' tolerance of the preparations decreases. The idea of ​​achieving a kind of sterility or absence of disease by using the preparations every four weeks all year round seems absurd to me. More and more dog owners will eventually no longer be able to use this form of tick defense because at a certain point the dogs will simply no longer be able to tolerate the excessive amounts of chemical substances. For this reason, this method of tick defense leads to a dead end in the long term.

Natural tick defense - increase the body's own skin defenses

The body's defense against ticks in dogs can be strengthened through various measures. It is important to emphasize that no method can provide a 100% guarantee against tick bites, but these approaches can reduce the risk. Here are some ways you can boost your dog's defenses against ticks:

  1. Healthy diet: A balanced and nutrient-rich diet helps strengthen the immune system. Feed your dog high-quality food that contains all the necessary nutrients.

  2. Regular exercise: Adequate exercise and physical activity support your dog's overall health and promote blood circulation, which in turn can strengthen the immune system.

  3. Natural supplements: Some natural supplements can strengthen the immune system and help ward off ticks, e.g. B. Omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics and certain herbs.

  4. Tick-repellent herbs: Certain herbs such as neem, lemongrass or garlic can repel ticks. However, consult your veterinarian first as not all herbs are safe for dogs.

  5. Healthy skin care: A healthy skin barrier can help repel ticks. Use mild, natural shampoos and care products that support your dog's skin.

Before trying any new products or measures, you should always consult your veterinarian. Every dog ​​is individual, and it is important to ensure that the approaches chosen are safe and effective for your specific dog.

Foods against ticks

There are some foods that can be used in a dog's diet that are said to potentially help deter ticks. However, it is important to note that no specific foods can provide a guaranteed defense against ticks. Here are some foods and supplements to consider:

  1. Garlic: Some dog owners believe garlic can repel ticks. However, garlic should be given in moderation as high amounts can be toxic to dogs. Consult your veterinarian before adding garlic to your dog's diet.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar: Some dog owners add apple cider vinegar to their dog's food because it is said to be able to alter the blood odor environment, which repels ticks. Make sure the apple cider vinegar is diluted to avoid possible irritation.
  3. Coconut oil: Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that may have potential antimicrobial properties. It is sometimes used to deter ticks. However, add it to the diet in small amounts and see how your dog reacts to it.
  4. Black Seed Oil: Black seed oil is often considered a potential tick remedy for dogs because it contains substances such as thymoquinone, which may have repellent properties and could ward off ticks.
  5. Fresh Herbs: Certain fresh herbs such as parsley, rosemary, thyme and oregano can be added to dog food. They contain compounds that might repel ticks.
  6. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil or flaxseed oil, can boost the immune system and support skin health, which could help ward off ticks.
  7. Carrots and Vegetables: Carrots and other vegetables can promote your dog's overall health, including a strong immune system that may help keep ticks away.

    To ward off ticks, it is generally important to keep your dog's diet balanced and varied.

    How BugBell approaches this

    The well-being of our furry companions is important to us, which is why we approach the issue of ticks on dogs with the utmost seriousness. We are proud to offer a holistic solution that not only promotes your dog's health, but also provides effective protection against parasites and ticks.

    Our dry food for grooming and parasite defense is the result of intensive research and expertise. It is designed to not only meet your dog's nutritional needs but also to support protection against ticks and parasites. We understand that prevention is key, and that's why we've carefully formulated our product to provide a natural defense against these pesky invaders.

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