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Ticks and Your Pets

Overview

It is around this time of year that ticks are most prevalent around the country, with the tick season generally running from April to November. Ticks can cause a variety of problems for your pets ranging from anemia due to blood loss to spreading diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

If left untreated, tick infections can lead to serious debilitating illness and even death, so it is important to regularly examine your pets and maintain a consistent tick treatment schedule throughout the tick season.

Tick Control Options

Many products are now available on the market to treat ticks on your dog or cat. Easy to use, once a month 'spot on' type treatments such as Frontline Plus, Advantix and Revolution are the most common and most effective methods of treating and controlling tick infestations.

It is important to remember that no one method offers 100 percent protection, so in particularly bad tick areas we also recommend using a tick collar such as a Preventic Tick Collar or a Kiltix Tick Collar on your pet as well as the monthly spot on. A tick control rinse such as Permoxin and Demadex Wash will also help.

Checking for Ticks

It is recommended that you check your pets daily for ticks, especially during the tick season. Ticks are more prevalent in the spring, summer and fall but can be found all year round in warmer climates. The best way to find ticks is to feel for them. Push your fingers through their fur on to the skin and work your fingers over the skin, feeling for any small bumps. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to identify it. An embedded tick will vary in size, from a pinhead to a small grape. Ticks are usually dark brown or black in color and the legs may be visible.

Safely Removing Ticks

Care should be taken when removing ticks to ensure that you remove the complete tick. Grasp the tick close to the skin with a pair of tweezers and pull it out with a steady motion. Some people also find twisting the tick slightly will help. Be careful not to crush the tick and check the tick once removed to make sure you have removed the head and mouth parts. Once the tick is removed bathe the area in a disinfectant wash such as Betadine.

Control Ticks in the Environment

Ticks thrive in humid, densely wooded areas so you should avoid walking your dogs through thick vegetation. To reduce the incidence of ticks in your yard, keep the lawn mowed, reduce leaf litter and clear away tall grass and brush.

Also, you should ensure that your yard is fully fenced off to prevent other dogs and cats or wild animals such as deer from bringing ticks in.

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