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

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