Find out why tick prevention for dogs is so important – and why a dog tick collar is one of the best options around.
Ticks are not just unsightly little parasites, they can also cause nasty infections if removed with their heads still embedded. While not all areas in New Zealand are affected by ticks, you can find ticks in much of the country - including all of the North Island, Marlborough and Nelson districts. A casual run through the long grass, especially in rural areas, can result in one or more of these arachnids attaching and feeding on your dog, so it’s important to make sure you’ve given your canine companion the best protection possible.
These parasites often live in long grasses in rural areas, grabbing onto the coat of passing animals as they brush through the grass. After finding the right spot to bite, they can stay attached to their victim for days.
Why use a dog tick collar?
There are several different ways of combating ticks, but Seresto flea and tick collars are one of the best choices for several reasons. Because the collars remain effective for so long, you don't need to worry about treating your pet frequently. Seresto is also water-resistant and odourless, which means you can put it on and be assured in the knowledge that you've done your best to prevent your dog from coming home with any nasty surprises (aside from the usual burrs, twigs and mud, stuck in his fur of course…).
How does the Seresto collar for dogs work?
Seresto flea and tick collars contain two active ingredients (imidacloprid and flumethrin). The collar continuously releases a controlled dose of both, remaining effective for eight months. Unlike other treatments that work by releasing their active ingredient into your dog’s blood, the ingredients in Seresto are distributed externally, killing and repelling ticks through simple contact – which means ticks don’t have to bite your dog to be affected. In fact, Seresto actually repels ticks, as their feet become sensitive to your dog’s coat and will choose to drop off rather than stay and bite.
Find out more about Seresto for dogs here on the Dogs page. Seresto is also available for cats, protecting them from ticks they may pick up while out hunting. Learn more about how Seresto tick collars protect cats.