Protect your pet from ticks
Ticks pose a real threat to your pet if they spend time outdoors. Ticks are carries of quite a few serious diseases, such as:
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Lyme Disease (Borrelia)
- Tick Paralysis (neurological condition)
This article is going to provide you with some tips on how to protect your pet from ticks and what to do if you find a tick on your pet.
Learn when tick season is:
While year-round tick prevention is recommended and ideal, it is still important to know when tick season is where you live. This will allow you to know when you need to be most vigilant with your tick control measures. To find out about when tick season is, you should talk with your veterinarian.
Know where ticks are most common:
Knowing where ticks are most commonly found and their preferred habitats is a good way to ensure that you help your pet to avoid potential exposure. Ticks prefer dense vegetation, like woods, tall grasses, and shrubs. These areas provide them with vantage points that enhance their leaping ability so that they can latch on to their targets more effectively.
Flea & Tick Prevention:
Year-round tick prevention is the best way to protect your pet. There are a wide array of options to help protect your pet from ticks, from collars to monthly medication administered orally or topically. To know which option is best for your pet, it is important to have a honest discussion with your veterinarian about your pet’s lifestyle and daily activities.
Regular Tick Checks:
If you know you have been in an area where ticks are common or know that it is high tick season, it is always a good idea to do a tick check on your pet. Using a comb or just your hands, check your dog’s body for ticks. Don’t forget to look in and around the ears, in between the toes and other hidden areas where a tick could easily hide.
Know how to properly remove a tick:
If you find a tick on your pet it is very important that you know how to remove them properly. You will want to remove them as quickly as possible because it will lower the odds of your pet contracting a tick-borne disease. Be wary of tips found on the Internet about removing ticks. Using matches, Vaseline, acetone or other methods such as these can actual making it harder to remove the tick and cause more problems. Your veterinarian can tell you the best and most effective way to remove a tick.
We also recommend that after removing a tick you save it. Use a disposable container filled with isopropyl alcohol to store the tick safely. By being able to show your veterinarian what type of tick you found on your pet you can help them provide your pet with a more expedient diagnosis if there is a problem.
Know the symptoms of tick-borne diseases:
If you have found ticks on your pet and are worried that they may have contracted a tick-borne disease it is best to discuss it with your veterinarian right away. However, here are some symptoms that pets exhibit if that have become infected with a tick-borne disease:
- Joint pain
- Decreased appetite
- Runny eyes and nose/discharge
- Spontaneous nose bleeds
- Bruising on gums and belly
- Neck pain
- Neurological abnormalities