During the spring, summer and fall months when the grass is tall and the weather is warm, ticks flourish. The will actually nest and wait for an unsuspecting victim, which will more than likely by your cat or dog. However, they can just as easily attach themselves to you as well. Dog ticks are very important to get rid of because they can cause serious harm to your canine, which in turn can also spread to you and your family.
Dog Tick PreventionsThere are various preventative measures you can take in order to keep your four-legged companion free from ticks. There are several flea and tick solutions that can be given monthly to your canine that will keep them free of hosting a tick. Depending upon your preference, some of the prevention methods may be:
- Topical Solutions
- Chewable Tablets
Call and schedule an appointment today to discuss which option of tick prevention is best for your pet!
Lyme DiseaseLyme disease is the most common disease resulting of a tick bite. Lyme disease can cause limping, lethargy, and other signs of illness. You should always check your pet for ticks. Some of the spots to check are:
- The ears, both inside and outside
- The mouth
- Between their toes
- Around the neck where the collar is located
- Down deep in their fur
If you find a tick on your pet, the first step is careful and complete removal. We at Cole Veterinary Hospital have the tools needed to ensure complete removal of the tick (including the head) without harming your pet. Once the tick is removed, we have the option to submit the tick for identification. We also can recommend follow up screening for infections that occur after a tick bite.