Caring for Your Dog: Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Protection

dacshund puppies being held by owner

At Patti’s Dachshund Farm, we love our pups. That’s why we take their health very seriously. Here are some of our favorite tips for dog care and preventing fleas, ticks and heartworm:


  • These pests spread fast, so it’s important to take preventative action.
    • Keep flea-spreading wildlife like opossums, raccoons and deer out of your yard. Put up a fence, and talk to your local nursery about plants that could deter unwanted visitors.
    • Regularly treat your dog with a flea control product, like a topical oil, spray, collar or shampoo.
    • If you spot even one flea on your pup, act fast to stop the spread. Treat the dog with a flea control product that kills eggs and live fleas.


  • Dogs are particularly susceptible to tick-borne diseases, so pay close attention for signs of bites.
    • Check your pooch for ticks daily, especially when she’s been playing outdoors.
    • If you find a tick, remove it immediately.
    • Remember that signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for up to 21 days. If you suspect that your dog has been bitten, watch him closely for signs of change in appetite and behavior.


  • Dogs are natural hosts for heartworms, which can cause damage to the lungs, arteries and heart.
    • Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes, so if there are any mosquitoes at all in your area your dog needs heartworm prevention.
    • Contact your vet to get your dog a prescription for heartworm preventives, which need to be administered year-round—not just in the warmer months.

Follow the tips above to keep your dog happy, healthy and pest-free! And if you’re looking for an adorable mini Dachshund to add to your family, call Patti’s Dachshund Farm today at 334-385-2600.