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Antiparasite collars, what they are and why you should put them on your dog

Collares antiparásitos, qué son y por qué debes ponérselos a tu perro

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Antiparasitic collars have been on the market for a few decades and it has been in the last two that they have improved a lot, since the truth is that the first ones that went on sale were not very effective.

Now they are a convenient way to fight parasites , since we put them on the dog and forget to apply more treatments for a few months.

What are these necklaces?

As its name indicates, it is nothing more than a collar similar to the one we put on to attach the leash, made of a plastic material and impregnated with one or more insecticides that are distributed through the animal's hair.

Thanks to advances in manufacturing processes, collars are getting better, releasing the insecticides they carry in a controlled way for longer , meaning they work for several months.

There are different types on the market, although the normal thing is that they are effective against fleas, ticks and repel mosquitoes, lasting longer with fleas that seem to be easier to eliminate.

At the same time, we also have repellents that do not kill parasites in themselves, but are supposed to prevent them from approaching dogs with substances that are not toxic, so they can be a good complement for very small puppies .

How do they wear?

One of the biggest advantages of collars, compared to other antiparasitics, is cleanliness and ease of use. There are no liquids or aerosols here, so we don't stain the dog at any time.

When putting it on you have to follow the manufacturer's instructions, although you just have to take it out of the box and place it, adjusting it so that it doesn't dance and without tightening too much.

The measurement that is usually used is “two fingers” , so if we can put two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck it is not too tight. If we see that after doing this it is very loose, it is best to close it a little more.

We can buy them in a couple of sizes and we will almost always have a piece left over, which must be cut so that it does not hit the animal.

Why should we put it on our dog?

As spring progresses, parasites begin to appear , especially in areas where there are many animals such as sheep, goat, etc. pens. In addition, foxes, hares and rabbits are usually full from the end of April.

If the dog goes out into the countryside, it will most likely come back with parasites and the same thing happens in city parks, areas where the concentrations of dogs are high.

Here, in the city, there will also be fleas and ticks, parasites that feed on the dog's blood and can infect it with diseases, being more dangerous the ticks that even get "hooked" on our body, something that is not pleasant.

We avoid this with antiparasitic collars, as long as they are of quality , since we will notice that with them our best friend no longer has parasites, although we must know that it takes around three days to act, the time the insecticide needs to distribute throughout the body. the entire body of our pet.

What precautions should we take?

They are very safe products, but a series of precautions must be taken so that they do not harm dogs and last longer.

Thus, you must check the dog's neck, especially the buckle area . It is made of plastic, but if the animal has delicate skin, it is possible that it will get some wound due to friction, at which point we will remove it.

It is normal for there to be less hair on the collar, but there should be no bald spots or redness, which could indicate that we are dealing with an allergic dog.

Another measure is to remove it when we bathe our pet . They are supposed to withstand water, but it is better that they get as little wet as possible, so when bathing the dog we take it off, clean it with a paper napkin and save it to place it once the animal is dry.

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