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Ticks and Your Pets

Tick Prevention

Ticks are prevalent at this time of the year. In most areas of the country tick season runs from April to November. They can cause a host of problems for your dog ranging from anemia due to blood loss to spreading diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Tick control products

Many products are now available to prevent ticks on your dog. Easy to use, once a month 'spot on' type treatments such as Frontline Plus , Advantix and Revolution all help control ticks. No method offers 100 percent protection though so in particularly bad tick areas we also recommend using a tick collar such as Preventic on your pet as well as the monthly spot on. A tick control shampoo such as Killyptus and Demadex Wash will also help.

Check your dog daily

It is recommended that you check your dog daily for ticks, especially during the tick season. Ticks are more prevalent in the spring, summer and fall but can be found 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. 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.

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. Pull out with a steady motion. Some people find twisting the tick slighty 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 bath the area in a disinfectant wash such as Betadine or Dermocil

Control ticks in the Environment

Ticks thrive in humid densely wooded areas. Avoid walking 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. Have the yard fenced to keep out wild animals such as deer as well as other dogs and cats.

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