Spring comes with ticks
|Every year, we look forward to the spring after the long dark winter. Dog owners move their four-legged friends in any weather, but during the beautiful season man and animal walks enjoy even more. However, with the rising temperatures, there is a worry that you could forget during the cold winter months. On natural meadows and in the forest, where your dog is particularly joyful, there is a risk of ticking from February to November.|
These parasites spread more and more in Germany, are active from about 7 degrees, and feel particularly comfortable in wet weather and temperatures around 20 degrees.
Ticks are spinning animals that feed on the blood of their victims, which they also need for their reproduction. A tick can take 200 times its weight in the form of blood and up to 3,000 eggs. These alone are frightening ideas. Much worse, however, is that ticks can transmit various dangerous diseases to humans and animals.
Small Animals – Great Danger
The disease with which ticks humans and animals most frequently infect is borreliosis. According to estimates, more than 900,000 people are currently chronically ill with borreliosis in Germany. How many dogs have been infected or have gone through the disease is not known. However, the numbers will also be considerable, since dogs are much more common than people walking in high grass or under low bushes. Right here in ticks up to 1.5 meters high ticks on their victims. They leap to the dog in front of them and look for a place on their body where they can be found.
While it receives the dog’s blood, the tick filters out the substances it does not need, and then releases them again. In this way, the pathogens of a tick infected with borreliosis enter the circulatory system of the dog. After an incubation period of 2 to 90 days, fever and loss of appetite occur in the infected dog. It may be because of a joint inflammation lamented or overall ill and indifferent acts. Partially, however, the disease remains unintentionally because none of the symptoms mentioned occur. In the late stage the heart and kidneys are often damaged.
Ticks can also infect dogs with babesiosis, anaplasmosis or the inflammation of the epidermis. Apart from anaplasmosis, all of these diseases are often severe or even fatal.
Long-haired Dogs are particularly Vulnerable
|A tick bite is not only an annoyance, but also seriously compromises your dog’s health. Therefore, responsible animal lovers should take dog protection very seriously.|
After each walk in the nature the dog has to be thoroughly searched. Whoever is lucky and fast, catches the tick before she bites. In long-haired dogs, ticks can hide very well. Here, a comb performs excellently. The dangerous spiders find the place where they bite. Preferably, they choose warm, well-perfused parts such as the throat, ears, belly or face. Even if ticks have already begun with blood suction, it is important to remove them as quickly as possible. The parasites do not excrete the disease exciters, which are possibly present in their intestines, after 12 to 24 hours.
|To remove a tick, hold it as close to the dog’s skin as possible with a tick or fingernails and pull it out slowly and carefully. Under no circumstances should you apply ticks with oil or glue as it is sometimes advised. This is of no avail, the ticks do not let go, but they give more and more potentially dangerous substances to the blood of their victims.|
Ticks before the Bite
|Even if the ticks are quickly found and withdrawn, there is a risk of infection. Therefore, the best solution is a tick protection for dogs, which prevents the dangerous parasites from settling on your four-legged companion.|
Widely used are vermin tapes, which emit lethal toxins for parasites and additionally deter their ticks and fleas.
However, this tick is not safe for dogs and humans. There are dogs that are sensitive to the substances that the collar provides to the skin. They will salivate strongly, become restless or even get heart problems.
If your dog is wearing a cervical vertebra, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after stroking them. If you have several dogs, which also mutually stain each other, the animals in this way possibly absorb more toxins than they can tolerate.
This is similar to spot-on combat. Chemical substances for the deterrence and killing of ticks and other parasites are dripped between the shoulder blades of the dog. During the first 12 hours after treatment the dog should not be stroked. After this, the poison is absorbed, spreads on the skin of the animal and is also released to the blood. This is also a method of treatment that rugged dogs are usually without obvious symptoms, but sensitive animals suffer partially.
In households where small children live, vermin tapes and spot-ons should not be used at all or only in absolute emergency.
What do you do when you, on the other hand, want to protect your pet from ticks, as a responsible dog owner, on the other hand, want to avoid chemical ticks because they can be dangerous for humans and dogs?
Ticks Spoil the Taste without Endangering Dogs and Humans
|In the ideal case, a tick should not be a burden on the dog and should not pose any health hazards for adults and children in the environment of the animal. Until now, many dog owners had to experience that purely biological and thus harmless active ingredients also little or not impress the ticks.|
Whether amber necklace, geranium oil or tea tree oil – the effect of these harmless substances is rather weak or not at all.
Recently, however, it has been scientifically proven that a substance which is completely harmless to human beings and dogs, even edible, works perfectly as tick protection. Employees of the FU Berlin investigated the effect of coconut oil as a protection against ticks and other parasites. They found that the lauric acid, from which Dr. Goerg’s natural coconut oil is up to 60 percent, prevents ticks from settling on humans. It is understood that the results of this scientific study can also be applied to dogs and cats.
The scientists worked with a 10% lauric acid solution. The concentration of the active substance was thus considerably weaker than in natural coconut oil. Nevertheless, the test gave impressive results. 88 per cent of the ticks were able to fall from the skin of the test persons coated with the solution and fled. In countries with a humid-warm climate, such as India, this effect has been known for ticks for centuries. There, the people bury themselves before a stay in the free nature arms, legs and head with coconut oil.
Delicious, Healthy and Effective against Ticks?
But how is Coconut Oil practically used as a tick protection for Dogs?
|At the beginning of the treatment, the dog should be fed with the native oil daily before the walk. At room temperature, coconut oil is firm but very soft on warm skin. Depending on the size of your dog, add a pea to walnut-sized amount between the fingers, knead them, and then spread the oil on the palms. Then brush your dog over the fur with both hands. In particular, you should pay attention to the body parts on which the ticks prefer to settle: the face, the ears, the neck and the belly. To rub the face and ears, you can also add some oil on a soft cloth.|
After the walk you should, however, as with every other tick protection, your dog nevertheless thoroughly search. If you find ticks, take a little more of the coconut oil and / or distribute it even more carefully.
After about two weeks, you can switch to a more rare treatment for many dogs, especially for short-haired ones. Often it is enough to rub the dog only two or three times a week.
In addition, it is helpful to regularly add some coconut oil to your dog’s food. Because a high level of lauric acid in the blood is more detrimental to ticks. By the way, coconut oil is a valuable, easily digestible food additive whose positive effect against viruses, bacteria and fungi is also known for its internal use.
Coconut Oil also works against Fleas and Mites
|Fleas also reliably sell coconut oil in dogs. If the fleas are already in the fur before the treatment, the lauric acid dissolves its chitin-armor, and the annoying pests die.|
In the months of August to October, many dogs produce the autumn mites, which like ticks prefer to live on meadows and roadsides. Their bites lead to agonizing itching and inflammation, and the dogs bite their paws bloody. Here, too, pre-treatment with coconut oil helps prevent the autumn mites from biting.
Beautiful Fur and Healthy Paws
|If the paws are already damaged by mite bites, coconut oil alleviates the itching and heals or prevents inflammation. If the dog licks his paws off, he does not harm him. If you want the coconut oil to last longer, help small socks.|
In winter you can avoid damage caused by streaks, granules, ice and cold, by applying coconut oil to the paws. At any time of the year, dogs’ paws are made supple with coconut oil. Cracks and cracks on the bales disappear or do not even arise.
|If you regularly rub your dog with native coconut oil, your hands will be soft as a whole. And what does it mean to protect your own arms and legs with the nourishing, fragrant coconut oil from ticks and other vermin?|
Worms and Giardies do not Like Coconut Oil
In addition to the so-called ectoparasites such as ticks and fleas, which attack our dogs externally, endoparasites nest in the form of worms and Giardia in the intestine of dogs and multiply there rapidly. In the meantime, many veterinarians advise against preventive deworming in dogs. There is a suspicion that the endoparasites are permanently resistant to chemical worming agents. In addition, many dogs are sensitive to the substances they swallow during deworming.
However, worms or giardies have been settled domestically in the intestine of the dog and are so strongly multiplied that the animal shows symptoms in the form of diarrhea, loss of appetite, etc., a chemical deworming can usually no longer be avoided.
During and shortly after this treatment, the dog is particularly prone to a new infection with endoparasites. Again, treatment with coconut oil can be helpful. Simply mix a teaspoon of coconut oil into the feed per 20 kilograms of weight. However, you should not administer too much of the oil to your dog because the fat can then trigger diarrhea again. A four-week course has proved itself after an attack with worms or Giardien.
The effect of the oil is due to the fact that it is deposited on the intestinal mucous membranes and thus prevents the parasites from being caught. These can not come in and are excreted with the excrement. Therefore the regular addition of coconut oil to the feed is an excellent way to protect dogs from worms and giards. Thus, your dog is spared the chemical lobe of deworming with conventional means, and the parasites are not resistant to dewormers. In addition, the oral administration of coconut oil supports the defense of ectoparasites such as ticks and fleas.
In summary, coconut oil for dogs can be said: This food stuffs are used internally and externally in the four-legged animals against a variety of parasites and is thereby not only harmless, but also well-tolerated, healthy and delicious.
Cocoa Flakes – Dogs love them, Worms look for the Vastness
|Just like coconut oil, coconut flakes, which most dogs love to take, are also an effective preventive against worms and giards. Like the oil of the coconut, they contain the effective lauric acid. In addition, the ballast-rich flakes in the intestine create a surface that makes it difficult for the parasites to nest.|