Category: How To

How to Choose the Right Dog Flea and Tick Products

As you may know, if your dog has an infestation of fleas and ticks, you can treat that in many ways. However, the best approach is to use the right chemicals, which are, of course, dangerous. For that reason, you need to use safety tips on your pets. One of the most important things that you should do is choose the best flea and tick prevention. Here are the top 3 factors that you need to consider.

Severity of the Infestation

Thousands of products that you can use to treat and protect your dog from flea and tick products exist in the market today. So, you are spoilt for choices. But you must be careful to avoid choosing the wrong product by considering the extent of the problem at hand. These pests can multiply fast, which means if you notice a few of them, things may go out of control in a few weeks. At the same time, some of them can move unbelievably fast. In particular, fleas can jump more than one hundred times its size.

If you learn that a few of them have reached your bedroom, for example, you will need a chemical that will kill these pests everywhere. In some cases, you can choose to shave the affected areas on the body of your dog to make the chemical to penetrate. If you notice a few fleas or ticks, a simple solution such as a flea bath can be adequate. In this regard, before you settle for any particular chemical, carefully assess the degree of the infestation.

Lifestyle

Think about the lifestyle of your dog. How does your pet always behave during treatment? If you learn that your dog may not stay still, you may visit Canine Club Getaway to be able to buy a flea collar for your dogs. 

You may not need to buy the collar if your dog is used to an active lifestyle. In this case, you need an option that will not last long on the dog. Some of those alternatives are oral tablets, dips, powders, and sprays. If you like, you can buy a dog shampoo that is designed to meet the specific needs of your pets. While it is true that there is no strict rule that governs this, you should choose the right to make your life much more comfortable.

Type of Product

If you go to the market, you will find topical treatments. It is useful to apply this chemical to the pet to destroy the eggs and insects. While it is easy to use, you may be required to protect your dog from moisture. However, you are still able to make it the ideal choice if you have waterproof treatments.

There are also collars, and you can use them if you want something that can protect your dog for several months. You should go for it if you are able and willing to wear it around the neck of your pet. It will release a chemical that is enough to either repel or kill the pests. The great news is that dog collars are affordable. On the other hand, it gives off a strong smell that can highly be irritating to your dog. Moreover, it may adversely affect you and your children.

Another option is the flea combs. This alternative is best for you if you suspect that there are a few pests already, but it is not an infestation yet. It removes the ones that have been hiding in your dog. For you to reap the most benefit, add a teaspoon of the appropriate chemicals, such as apple cider vinegar or dishwashing.

You can also buy oral treatments. They are incredibly popular since they offer a quick solution. Some of them can kill many types of pets within as short as 30 minutes. The only problem is that you cannot use oral treatments to prevent pests. This means you have to wait until there is an onset of infestation. So, you may go for topical treatments if you want a solution that can prevent fleas and ticks.

The other common option is powdered, which you can use by sprinkling and rubbing it over the body of your pet. Be careful to safeguard the eyes and nose of your dog to prevent poisoning.

Final Thoughts

All dogs are susceptible to many pests, including fleas and ticks, every year. If you ignore them, the condition can grow from bad to worse within days. They can cause anemia and kill your loved one. Moreover, these pests can spread to your house and make your life extremely difficult.

The best news is that you can save your dog and your family from these problems. When you are considering buying one of the best products to treat and prevent the infestation, use these factors, and you will get what will help you best. 

How-To: Catch and Release

An important aspect of fishing is learning a good basic knowledge of the species you hope to catch, the legal and seasonal status and edibility factors. Many fish are released for a wide range of reasons including exceeding your bag limit, the fish does not meet size limits for that species or the season may be closed for the take of that species of fish.

The following are some basic guidelines to follow that will ensure you do your part not to waste the resource.

While fishing, try to maintain and monitor a tight line so that a fish does not completely swallow a hook causing internal damage. An even better method is to employ the use of circle hooks, which are highly effective, yet almost always hook the fish in the corner of the mouth. This has been studied and proven to reduce mortality in fish. A growing number of die-hard fishermen feel those are better than more traditional J-hooks.

Cut the leader close on a swallowed hook rather than trying to dig it out of the fish. Yanking on their guts is not responsible fishing, and the survival of the fish is not likely. Leaving the hook in, while not optimal, gives the best chance of survival. Embedded hooks are often encased by scar tissue, and the fish continues to thrive.

Fish also have a better chance of survival if kept in the water. If you do need to measure it or work with it, keep the “out of water time” to a minimum. Have tools and rulers at the ready and never grab the fish with a dry rag.  The slime coat is a vital part of the fish’s defense to disease and removing it degrades its ability to survive.  Wet your hands or gloves to prevent the slime from being wiped off. Rubber-coated nets are better than fin-splitting nylon ones. Flopping on a hot, dry deck or beach also tends to remove slime, so take precautions.

The use of dehooking tools can help speed the process of returning the fish to the water. Often fish from deeper waters need to be vented or manually taken back to depth in order to release or recompress the expanded gasses in their body. If this is not performed, then the fish is doomed to float away on the surface. There are a variety of venting tools available, and learning how to properly use them is crucial. Many anglers who deal with inflated fish keep a rod ready with a barbless hook and large weight, which acts as a diving sled to take the fish back to a depth where the gasses squeeze back into solution, and the fish is then released off the barbless hook.

If we all work to increase the survival rate of released fish, we will have more fish to catch.

How-To: Make a Double Drop Shot Rig for Trout

What we have here is a Double Drop Shot Rig. We use it for speckled sea trout when fishing the river system in deep water, and often there is a lot of current. This is very similar to a standard drop shot rig, but we are using a grub-style jig instead of a weight on the bottom. A shrimp-like lure is presented a few feet above.

To rig it, you tie your mainline to a simple barrel swivel, which is then tied to two leaders: one about three feet in length and the other a foot and a half. Tie the heavy jighead to the longer leader; that gives the rig the weight necessary to get the lighter-weight soft-plastic shrimp down to the deeper part of the water column, where it wiggles in the current.

Most of the trout bites will come on the shrimp lure first and sometimes the jig as it’s raised up and moving from the fight of the first trout hooked. So, sometimes you can catch them two at a time, or sometimes they prefer to eat the bottom jig. You just never know.

It’s a great rig because it’s easy to build, fun to fish and works great. Just toss it out, let it sink to the bottom, tighten up the slack and then twitch it back towards the boat. You can adjust leader lengths if you think the fish are closer to the bottom.

Anglers should experiment to see what is working best for the condition but do give this rig a try. because it can produce fantastic results.

How To Untwist a Spinning Reel

A spinning reel is a great tool for fishing.  We use them for casting distances and pitching lightweight baits and lures.  One of their only negatives is that the line can get twisty after a long fight or if the angler reels against the clicking drag. The line is both stressed by this and becomes troublesome for the next fish encounter.  Make sure the angler is not grinding against the drag, as this can eventually lead to line break.

It is a simple process to untwist the line after a fight.  It does require a moving boat and a minute of down time, but it is well worth it.  Usually, you can drag it on the way back to a spot after the fish has pulled you off.

The process is simple, cut off the lure or hook from the leader, and then let the line pay out behind a moving boat.  Let out the amount that was out during the fight.

If you hold the line slack in front of the reel and it doesn’t jump into a twist, you are back to fresh, untwisted line.  This is how I check to see if the line is untwisted enough while reeling it back in.

Drag the line for about a minute or so.  You can do it while running, but tighten the drag and pay attention because there will be a lot of pressure on the line.  (Don’t forget to reset the drag or else “zing pow.”) Hold your rod tip near the water, and pump the rod to facilitate the untwisting.  Reel back in under tension and do the slack line test earlier mentioned at various intervals as you bring it in.  Then retie your hook and you’re ready for another round.

If a spool of line gets extremely twisty, it’s best to set it aside, or pop on a spare spool of fresh line that is ready to go.  We check our lines on the way out in the morning and after each big fish fight.  You don’t have to do it after most small fish unless there have been a bunch of them.

With braided lines becoming more common the problem is lessened, but we still like mono for many types of applications.