The Need To Protect Your Yorkie From Ticks, Fleas

Never take ticks and fleas lightly. Your Yorkshire Terrier faces an enhanced risk of skin infections unless protected from these parasites. Intense itching causes him to scratch his body. Ticks and fleas suck the blood of your dog, raising the risk of anemia and blood infections.

The saliva of these parasites carries an anticoagulant that may cause continued bleeding from the dog’s skin. With worsening itching, the dog is more likely to scratch or even bite his body, causing injuries and bleeding. This makes your Yorkie prone to skin infections, and his coat loses its sheen.

Unless you protect your Yorkie from ticks, he is more likely to suffer from Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, flu-like bacterial infections, canine anaplasmosis, and other contagious diseases. Many of these are likely to transmit to humans from an affected dog.

The continued presence of ticks and fleas raises the risk of tapeworm infestation in your dog. These parasites are likely to enter the body of your Yorkshire Terrier when he is licking or biting the infected area. Inside a dog’s body, fleas create conditions for tapeworms to develop and grow.

If allowed to remain attached for more than 36 hours, a tick can transmit parasites to your pet, increasing the risk of infectious tick-borne diseases. Here are some tips to protect your Yorkie from ticks and fleas with minimum effort.

Tips To Protect Your Yorkie From Ticks, Fleas

Keep the Environment Clean

Don’t focus on treating allergy or infection associated with ticks and fleas, but make an all-out effort to prevent them from infesting your pooch’s body. Keep your home and garden clean. Vacuum clean the home once a month to stay clear of parasites. Make sure your carpet, clothing, and dog’s bedding remain free from these parasites. Clear the surrounding of adult fleas and insects.

Check the Coat Daily

Check the coat of your Yorkshire Terrier frequently. Look for signs of an insect bite, skin infection, or flea feces on his skin. Check his hairlines to spot the signs of tick infestation. The stomach area is the most vulnerable and requires a thorough checking.

Brushing the hairs at least once daily is a good idea to protect your Yorkie from ticks and fleas. There are special flea combs available, and you can get a good one to eliminate these parasites. Whenever you detect any tick or flea, remove and throw it in soapy water.

Bathing Sessions

While bathing or grooming your dog, make optimum use of the session to safeguard your pooch against fleas and ticks. If you are located in an area prone to flea growth, use shampoos specially made to kill these bugs. Scrub the skin well and make sure the shampoo reaches the skin while bathing to find out ticks hidden in the long hair. Pay attention to the skin, neck, legs, and stomach areas.

Keep the Dog Healthy

If your Yorkie stays immobile or suffers from illness frequently, he is an easy target for fleas and ticks. An active and healthy dog is immune from a parasitic infestation to a great extent. Make sure your dog is active, healthy, clean, and has the required amount of nutritional and water intake daily.

Article from : Yorkshire Terrier Guide

Research on Tick and Flea treatments

If it is not safe for use in pregnant and lactating dogs, do not use it!!

Product Active Ingredients Purpose/Effective Against Minimum Age/Weight Pregnant/Nursing/Male
Advantage Multi for Dogs Imidacloprid and moidectin Flea, louse, heartworm, hookworm, whipworm, roundworm and mange.  Topical every 30 days 7 weeks/3lbs Safety not established.
Advantage Multi for Cats Imidacloprid and moxidectin Ear mites, flea, heartworm, hookworm and roundworm.  Topical every 30 days 9 weeks/2 lbs Safety not established.
Heartgard Plus Ivermectin, Heartworm, roundworms & hookworms Tablet every 30 days 6 weeks Safe in pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs
Pyrantel pamoate
Heartgard Ivermectin Dog: Heartworm. Tablet every 30 days 6 weeks Safe
Cat: Heartworm and hookworm. Tablet every 30 days
Interceptor Milbemycin oxime Heartworm, hookworm, whipworm, roundworm. Every 30 days Dog: 4 weeks/2 lbs Dogs: Safe
Cat: 6 weeks/1.5lbs Cat: Not established
Interceptor Plus Milbemycin oxime and praziquantel tablet Heartworm, roundworm (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina), adult hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum), adult whipworm (Trichuris vulpis), and adult tapeworm (Taenia pisiformis, Echinococcus multilocularis and Echinococcus granulosus) Tablet every 30 days Dogs and puppies 2 pounds of body weight or greater and 6 weeks of age and older. Safe
Not evaluated in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs.  Only milbemycin has been studied and is safe.
Iverhart Max Ivermectin, Heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Tablet every 30 days 8 weeks/6 lbs Safe in pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs
Pyrantel pamoate, praziquantel Not evaluated in pregnant or lactating.  Safe in males.
Iverhart Plus Ivermectin, Heartworm, roundworms, and hookworms, every 30 days 6 weeks Safe in pregnant or breeding bitches, stud dogs
Pyrantel pamoate
Revolution Selamectin Dog:Heartworm, Fleas, flea eggs, scabies, Dog: 6 weeks To prevent roundworm infection, REVOLUTION
ear mites, hookworms, roundworms, lice Cat: 8 weeks should be administered at monthly intervals during
(Trichodectes canis), ticks (Haemaphysalis leachi &Rhipicephalus sanguineus), Topical every 30 days. pregnancy with a dose administered approximately 2 weeks before parturition. The next treatment should be administered to the bitch or queen, ten days after parturition and followed by another treatment 1 month later. This schedule of treatments for bitches and queens will prevent adult roundworm infections in suckling puppies and kittens for 7 weeks after birth.
Cat: Heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, fleas and mites. Topical every 30 days.
Sentinel Milbemycin, Lufenuron Heartworm, roundworms, whipworms, hookworms & flea eggs. Tablet every 30 days 4 weeks & 2 lbs Safe
Sentinel Spectrum Milbemycin, Lufenuron, Praziquantel Heartworm, roundworms, whipworms, hookworms & flea eggs, tapeworms. 6 weeks & 2 lbs Not tested
Tablet every 30 days
Tri-Heart Plus Ivermectin, Heartworm, roundworms and hookworms every 30 days 6 weeks Safe
Pyrantel pamoate
Trifexis Milbemycin oxime and Spinosad Heartworm, fleas, roundworms, hookworms, & whipworms.  Tablet every 30 days 8 weeks & Not safe in pregnancy due to fetal malformations, not evaluated in males.  Caution in dogs with seizure history.  Use with caution in breeding females.
5 lbs
Flea and Tick
Advantage II Imidacloprid & insect growth regulator (pyriproxyfen) Adult fleas, flea larvae, flea eggs, lice. 3 pounds & 7 weeks Consult your veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, pregnant or nursing dogs.
Every 30 days
BioGroom Pyrethrin shampoo Kills fleas, ticks, lice, and ear mites. 5 pounds & 12 weeks Consult a veterinarian before using on sick, aged pregnant or nursing animals.
BioSpot Active Care Spot on Etofenprox, Piperonyl, Pyriproxyfen (Nylar®) Fleas, Flea Eggs, Flea Larvae, Tick, Tick Nymphs, Tick Larvae, Brown Dog Ticks, Deer Ticks 12 weeks. No
(S)-Methoprene Kills & Repels: Mosquitoes
Every 30 days.
Bravecto Fluralaner Dog: Fleas, ticks 12 weeks (Ixodes scapularis – black-legged tick, Dermacentor variabilis – American dog tick,and Rhipicephalus sanguineus – brown dog tick), and for 8 weeks (Amblyomma americanum – lone star tick). Topical Dog:6 months/4.4 lbs Dog: There were no clinically-relevant, treatment-related effects on the body weights, food consumption, reproductive performance, semen analysis, litter data, gross necropsy (adult dogs) or histopathology findings (adult dogs and puppies). Bravecto has not been shown to be effective for 12-weeks duration in puppies less than 6 months of age.
Cat: Not established.
Cat: Flea, ticks 12 weeks (Ixodes scapularis – black-legged tick. Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick) infestations for 8 weeks. Topical Cat: 6 months/2.6 lbs
Capstar tabs Nitenpyram Dog and Cat: Fleas as often as 1 x a day 4 weeks/2 lbs Birth defects & fetal loss
Certifect Fipronil,  Amitraz Deer ticks, Gulf Coast ticks, Black legged ticks, Brown Dog ticks, American Dog ticks, Lone Star ticks, Yellow Dog ticks, European Dog ticks, Wood ticks, and Paralysis ticks 5 pounds & 8 weeks Can also be used on breeding pregnant and lactating bitches.
Comfortis Spinosad Dog: Fleas. Tablet every 30 days 3.3 pounds & 14 weeks The safe use of COMFORTIS in breeding, pregnant, or lactating cats has not been evaluated. Caution in dogs with seizure history.
Safety has not been evaluated in breeding males.  Use with caution in breeding females.
Credelio Lotilaner Dog: Adult fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) and ticks  [Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick), Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), Ixodes scapularis (black-legged tick) & Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick). Tablet every 30 days. 8 weeks of age &  4.4 pounds The safe use of CREDELIO in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures.
FiproGuard Fipronil & s-methoprene Fleas & ticks. Every 30 days 8 weeks Safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs
FiproGuard Plus Fipronil, (s)-methoprene, and novaluron Dog and Cat: Fleas, ticks, and lice. Dog: 8 weeks Safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dog and cat.
Topical every 30 days. Cat: 8 weeks/1.5lbs
Frontline Fipronil Fleas, ticks and chewing lice. Waterproof. Every 30 days. 8 weeks Can be used on breeding, pregnant & lactating bitches
Frontline Plus Fipronil and (S)-methoprene Dog: Fleas including eggs & larvae, ticks, mites/mange, and lice. Topical every 30 days. Dog: 8 weeks/5 lbs Safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dog and cats.
Cat:Fleas including eggs & larvae, ticks and lice. Waterproof. Topical every 30 days. Cat: 8 weeks/1.5lbs
Frontline Spray Fipronil Fleas, Ticks and Chewing Lice. – Kills all life stages of ticks (larva, nymph and adult), including brown dog ticks (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) and deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis).Wear gloves. Approximately 1 to 2 pumps per pound of the animal’s body weight will be required. Pets with long or dense coats will require the higher rate. Waterproof. 30 to 90 days. 8 weeks Approved for use on all dogs, including breeding, pregnant, and lactating bitches and puppies as young as 8 weeks.
Frontline Gold Fipronil, (s)-methoprene, pyriproxyfen Cats and dogs: Flea, tick and chewing lice. Dog: 8 weeks/5lbs Safe
Cat: 8 weeks/1.5lbs
Hartz First Defense Fipronil Fleas, ticks and chewing lice. Waterproof. Every 30 days. 8 weeks BREEDING, PREGNANT AND LACTATING BITCHES,
K9 Advantix II Imidacloprid, Permethrin*, & Pyriproxyfen Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies and lice. Every 30 days, can reapply in 7 days. 7 weeks/4lbs NO CATS. Consult your veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, pregnant or nursing animals.
Nexgard Afoxolaner Fleas & ticks. Every 30 days. 8 weeks & 4 lbs Not tested. Caution in dogs with seizure history.
PetArmor Fipronil Fleas & ticks. Every 30 days. 8 weeks Safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs
PetArmor Plus for Dogs Fipronil and Adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, ticks, chewing lice and prevents the development of flea pupae. It controls mites that may cause sarcoptic mange and kills deer ticks that can transmit Lyme disease. It also kills brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, and lone star ticks and prevents flea reinfestations for 4 weeks. 8 weeks. Safe for breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs
Preventic Collar Amitraz Ticks for 90 days 12 weeks Not tested.  No cats.
Revolution Selamectin Heartworm, fleas & flea eggs, ear mites, Sarcoptes, American Dog Tick. Every 30 days Dog: 6 weeks Safe
Cat: 8 weeks
Scalibor Protector Band Deltamethrin Fleas & ticks. Every 6 months. 12 weeks Consult a veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, pregnant, medicated, or nursing animals.
Sentry Capguard Nitenpyram Fleas. 2 pounds & 4 weeks Birth defects & fetal loss
Sentry Natural Defense Dog: Peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, clove oil & thyme oil Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Every 30 days 12 weeks Attacks octopamine.  Consult vet.
Cat: Peppermint oil, clove oil, & lemongrass oil.
Seresto collar Flumethrin & Imidacloprid Fleas, ticks, lice, sarcoptic mites. 8 months 7 weeks and 18 pounds Consult your veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, aged, breeding, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Simparica Sarolaner Adult fleas, and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis), and the treatment and control of tick infestations [Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick), Amblyomma maculatum (Gulf Coast tick), Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), and 6 months & 2.8 pounds Not tested
Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick)]. Every 30 days.
Spectra Shield Zetacypermethrin & Piperonyl Butoxide Fleas & ticks. Lasts up to 4 months. 6 months If used on pregnant or nursing dogs, do not replace medallion until puppies are at least 6 weeks old.
Vectra 3D Dinotefuran, Pyriproxyfen, & Permethrin Fleas & ticks. Every 30 days. Mosquito & biting flies, sand mites, lice repellency. Water repellency.  “Hot foot” effect before they bite. 8 weeks & 2.5 pounds Label says “do not use”
Vet’s Best Natural Flea & Tick spot-on Clove Leaf Oil, Thyme White Oil, Cinnamon Oil Fleas and ticks, repels mosquitos. 12 weeks Label is silent.