It is starting to warm up out there! People are enjoying the outdoors more and more with their pets because of the warm days and longer daylight hours. The warm weather makes outdoor activities more enjoyable, and there is something else that is excited about those warmer days: ticks. Ticks love the easier access that they have to a blood meal during the warm days; human or animal, they don’t care! In order to keep your pet safe this year from these little suckers, here are four things that your animal hospital wants you to know about ticks.
- Remove them with tweezers. There are so many “home remedies” out there for tick removal, such as burning them, covering the area in petroleum jelly, or even lighting the area on fire with alcohol. Please do NOT do these things! The safest and most effective way to remove a tick is slowly and steadily pulling the tick out with a pair of tweezers. If you’re heading out camping or walking your dog in a wooded area, always take tweezers with you just in case.
- Check early and often. Even though ticks and tick bites are prolific in summer months, they can be active all year round in even the coldest of regions. Any time you are walking in areas with a lot of foliage, give yourself and your pets a thorough tick check every 2-3 hours.
- Stay up to date on your pet’s vaccinations. Your animal hospital can vaccinate your dog against a tick-spread disease called Lyme disease.
- Keep up to date with quality flea and tick control– Nexgard is our monthly oral tablet we recommend that has label approval for preventing Lyme Disease because it kills the tick before it has enough time to transmit the disease. It can also help prevent transmission of other tick-borne diseases such as Ehrlichia or Anaplasma.
For questions about ticks, please call us here at Mooresville Animal Hospital.