Tick Season is coming!

Tick Season is coming!

As Spring arrives, so does tick season. Ticks are a common problem for dogs, especially during the warmer months when they are the most active. It's important for dog owners to be aware of the risks associated with ticks and take steps to protect their furry friends. Here are some tips for preventing tick bites and keeping your dog healthy this tick season:

  1. Check your dog regularly: Regularly check your dog's coat for ticks, especially after spending time outdoors. Ticks are most commonly found in areas such as the ears, armpits, and between the toes.

  2. Use tick prevention products: There are a variety of tick prevention products available, such as collars, spot-on treatments, and oral medications. Talk to your veterinarian about which product is best for your dog.

  3. Keep your yard tidy: Ticks thrive in tall grass and wooded areas, so keeping your yard tidy can help prevent tick infestations. Mow your lawn regularly and clear away any debris.

  4. Avoid tick-infested areas: Try to avoid areas that are known to be infested with ticks, such as wooded areas and tall grass. Stick to well-traveled trails when hiking with your dog.

  5. Keep your dog vaccinated: Some tick-borne diseases can be prevented through vaccination. Talk to your veterinarian about which vaccines are recommended for your dog.

  6. Remove ticks promptly: If you do find a tick on your dog, remove it promptly using tweezers or a tick-removal tool. Be sure to grasp the tick close to the skin and pull gently and steadily to avoid leaving the head or mouthparts behind.

  7. Watch for signs of tick-borne illness: Some tick-borne illnesses can cause symptoms such as fever, lethargy, and joint pain. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away.

Yes, tick season can be a dangerous time for dogs but by taking steps to prevent tick bites and watching for signs of tick-borne illness, you can help keep your furry friend healthy and happy this Spring. So be vigilant, use tick prevention products, and enjoy the great outdoors with your furry friend!


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Source: http://www.riverlandingsanimalclinic.com/news/2017/5/23/tick-season-preparedness-how-to-prevent-and-treat-tick-bites-on-dogs 

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