Spring Time is Tick Season, Learn How to Protect Your Pets

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Flea and tick season is upon us, so let’s be responsible pet owners! Realize your furry friends are a paradise for these dangerous insects.

If you live in a tick infested area, take preventative measures to protect yourself from tick bites, and check yourself every time you come back into the house.

Geographic distribution of ticks that bite humans
Source: https://www.cdc.gov

Once ticks feed on your pet’s blood they can cause a wide range of health problems, including Lyme disease.

Here are some flea and tick prevention tips suggested by the the CDC:

  1. Prevention is best done with veterinary approved flea and tick products, like flea and tick sprays. These include topicals, collars and shampoos for specific purposes. Speak to your veterinarian to find the most appropriate product for your pets.
  2. Read the labels! NEVER apply flea and tick medications made for cats on dogs, or vice-versa, unless it specifically says so on the label.
  3. Regularly check your pets, and yourself, for ticks after walks through the woods or grassy areas. Check your pet’s paws and between toes, on their lips, and around the eyes, ears (also inside ears), near the anus and under the tail.
  4. The faster you can remove a tick the less likely your pet will contract a secondary illness related to the tick bite. Learn the proper method of tick removal, carefully using tweezers. If you’re unable to it yourself consult your veterinarian.
  5. Keep your grass mowed, ticks can latch on to legs.
  6. For fleas, look for them on areas of your pet’s coat is thin, like the belly, inner hind limbs and armpits.
  7. If you have multiple pets treat them all at the same time to help prevent cross infestation.
  8. When treated your pets, also treat the surrounding areas at the same time. Wash or get rid of all bedding, and vacuum furniture and carpets. Don’t forget to empty the vacuum containers, preferably outside (even into a plastic shopping bag, tied tightly) as fleas will escape and jump.

Learn more about flea and tick prevention, including symtoms of tickborne illnesses and how to remove a tick, at the CDC website.

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