They’re tiny and can even be tough to see, but a single tick bite can significantly harm your pet. In many cases, you won’t even know the tick is there; it buries itself into your pup’s fur and he won’t realize he’s been bitten. Despite their diminutive size, a tick can carry any number of diseases that could harm your pet; Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme disease, and other ailments could make your pup sick and require veterinary treatment.
The best way to avoid tick related illness and the sometimes extensive treatment required to make your pet feel better is to prevent tick bites in the first place.
Identify and Avoid Tick Friendly Locations
According to the University of California, there are 48 different kind of ticks found in the state; they are most active in the spring, but can be found from January through October. Ticks hide in dense vegetation; avoiding walking through dense foliage and mowing your lawn regularly can help prevent tick encounters.
Choose and Use a Tick Prevention Product
Your Banning vet can help you choose the right kind of tick prevention for your pet; an oral medication or one that is applied directly to the skin may be the easiest to use and most effective for your pet. These only work if you use them consistently and apply them each month, when used properly they will prevent ticks from biting your pet.
Check for Ticks
Do a visual check of your pet after every outing, particularly during tick season. You could spot a tick on your pet and remove him before he has the chance to bite. Remove the tick using tweezers and following the CDC guidelines for removal.
Consider the Lyme disease vaccine if you live in or regularly visit a heavily wooded area; your Banning vet can help you determine if this is a good match for your lifestyle. Contact us if you have any concerns about tick borne illness or if you need help protecting your pet this spring.