Tick Season

Health

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I’ve only had to deal with a tick once. It must have jumped on me in the tall grass. Luckily my huMom spotted it moments later, on my upper leg. She removed it safely before it had really dug in.

Ticks are nasty bugs that are related to spiders. They feast on blood & in doing so often can transmit diseases. Ticks are most active from spring through fall & live in tall brush or grass, where they may attach to dogs playing or walking by.

Luckily, ticks are visible to the naked eye & grow as they feed. During the warmer months, it’s a good idea to check your dog regularly for these parasites. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head and other body parts. Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, it is ideal for your dog to be seen by a veterinarian soon after any ticks are found.

There are medications you can give your dog both to prevent & kill ticks. There are many pills, spray’s, & shampoos. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, and if you have any doubts, be sure to get advice from your veterinarian before application.

There is also a tool called a “tick Twister” that is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. We got one at Critter Comforts & Clips. Here’s a short (but gross) video on how a Tick Twister can remove a tick.

Let’s all be vigilant this summer. If you’ve been out in tall grass or playing in the woods, be sure to check for ticks when you arrive home.

CEO Olivia

Heat Stroke In Dogs

Health

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Dogs (and cats) cool themselves by panting & by releasing heat through their paws. On summer days the air & sidewalk (or beach) can heat up to high temperatures that make it difficult for animals to cool themselves. This can lead to a dangerous condition, heat stroke.

Dogs can also risk overheating if exercised outside during the day in hot weather. When it’s very hot, my huMom schedules my walks for early morning & evening when it’s cooler & she always remembers to bring water. She also lets me rest if I need to.

These are common symptoms of heat stroke.

  • Exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting)
  • rapid or erratic pulse
  • salivation (drooling)
  • anxious or staring expression
  • weakness, muscle tremors or lack of coordination
  • tongue & lips red (which may eventually turn bluish in color)
  • convulsions or vomiting
  • collapse, coma & death

If you think your dog, or any dog you encounter may be suffering from heat stroke you need to get them cooled down as fast as possible. Get them into the shade or inside. Wet the dog with cool water. Put them near a fan or grab a magazine & fan them vigorously to promote evaporation. If possible, take the dog’s temperature. Place cool wet towels over the neck, under the armpits & between the hind legs. Don’t apply ice, it will constricts blood flow which will slow the cooling down process. Allow the dog to drink some cool water but don’t force it. Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible to be checked out.

Be safe this summer.

CEO Olivia