Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tip of the Day #300: Preventing Ticks

How to Prevent Ticks on your Pets:

1. Garlic –given as a dietary supplement makes your animal less appealing to ticks. The smell is excreted through the skin and repels both ticks and fleas. However, garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia in dogs. If you use garlic as your tick prevention, use it SPARINGLY.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar adds acidity to your pet’s blood, making it less appealing to ticks and fleas. Add 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vinegar to the his or her food or water bowl as a preventative.

Prevention on Humans:

1. Always wear an insect repellant of at least 20% DEET whenever outside

2  Dress in light-coloured clothing! When coming inside, place your clothing for 10 minutes in the dryer on the hottest setting--it will kill any ticks that may be lingering. 

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