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A girl lays on the floor while drawing as her puppy looks over her shoulder | NEXGARD® Parasite Protection

Why Is Tick Protection for Dogs Important?

All dogs are at risk of tick bites. A single tick bite can lead to multiple health concerns, including Lyme disease in dogs. This is why it’s so important to be proactive and do everything you can to reduce your dog’s risk of tick exposure.

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Where Can Dogs Get Ticks?

It may not be possible to prevent your dog from encountering ticks. Ticks can be found almost anywhere, including your backyard, so even taking short walks around the neighborhood can put your dog at risk. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the number of ticks in and around your home and reduce the risk of tick encounters. An easy way to protect your dog is to start tick protection early and administer it all year long.

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How to Protect Your Dog From Ticks: 6 Tips

There are plenty of precautions you can take as a pet owner to help keep your dog protected from ticks.
1. Avoid tick-prone areas.
Various tick species have different environmental conditions they prefer, but they generally prefer humid climates. The cool, shady cover of densely wooded areas makes a perfect habitat for many species, but ticks are also commonly found in many other places, including your yard or local park. They prefer areas that protect them from drying out (under leaf litter, in tall brush or grass, and around trees or shrubs). When possible, keeping your dog away from tick-infested areas can help reduce tick exposure.1
2. Keep tick-friendly habitats out of your yard.
Ticks don’t just love the woods.1 Keep your dog protected from ticks in their own yard by mowing, raking leaves, and removing brush piles on a regular basis—which also helps reduce tick encounters by reducing habitat that is suitable for wildlife hosts such as mice.
3. Know when ticks are most active in your region.
Ticks can be found in all 50 states, and they don’t go away just because it’s cold outside. However, they are more active in some seasons than others.1 Your veterinarian can tell you more about when peak tick season is in your area.
4. Administer tick protection regularly.

Year-round tick protection is necessary. Be consistent with dosing, even during times of the year when ticks aren’t as active in your area.

5. Treat all pets in your home.
Make sure all pets in your home are treated with tick protection on a regular basis. Treating just one pet is not enough to protect the other animals in your home.
6. Check your dog for ticks regularly.
Protect your dog by performing a thorough tick check every day and removing any ticks that are found.
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Check Your Dog for Ticks


To look for ticks on your dog, run your fingers through their fur to feel for small bumps on the skin. Pay special attention to inside the ears, under the tail, under the legs, near the groin, and between the toes.2


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Tips for Easy Tick Protection for Puppies

  • Use the appropriate dosage for your dog’s weight. NexGard chews are safe for puppies 8 weeks of age or older, weighing 4 pounds or more.
  • Use a veterinarian-approved tick protection product. Your vet can help you select the correct product and dosage to kill ticks on your pup.
  • Use tick protection products on all dogs in your home. Don’t rely on the treatment of older pets to protect your puppy. Start all dogs on tick protection at 8 weeks or older.
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NexGard Chews Offer Protection From the Risks of Ticks for Puppies, Too

Don’t wait until your dog is an adult to start protecting them from ticks. Tick exposure can happen to any dog, regardless of age. That’s why it’s crucial to start your puppy on tick protection as soon as they’re old enough, according to the product label. NexGard chews are safe for puppies as young as 8 weeks old, weighing 4 pounds or more.

Heartworm disease is a year-round threat. Pair up NexGard chews with a heartworm disease preventive.