Keeping Your Pet Safe From Ticks

While ticks can harm your pet during many times of the year, it’s more likely during the warmer months. It’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind as tick season approaches! Here, learn about keeping your pet safe from ticks as your London, ON veterinarian tells you more.

How Do Ticks Get Onto My Pet?

Most often, ticks hang onto blades of grass and latch onto a human or animal who brushes by. Then, they’ll crawl around on the host until finding a suitable spot to bite. Ticks can be found in a variety of environments, but they especially like to live in tall grasses and brush—that’s why tick bites tend to be more common in heavily wooded or grassy areas.

What Are the Dangers of Ticks?

Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases to your pet. Plus, your pet can carry a tick indoors, where the pest might be able to transfer to a human family member. Diseases that ticks can transmit to your pet include Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis, among others.

How Do I Keep My Pet Safe?

First, keep your pet on a high-quality tick preventative. These medications come in a variety of forms, including topical treatments, chewable tablets or pills, tick collars, shampoos, injectable treatments, and more. Ask your veterinarian what kind of tick preventative might work best for your companion. This will serve as your pet’s first line of defense against ticks and the dangers they present.

You can also take steps to make the environment around your home less appealing to ticks. Trim back tall grass and shrubbery wherever you can, and keep the yard mowed. If possible, use fencing to keep wild animals like deer and raccoons out of your yard, as they can bring in ticks.

When your pet comes back indoors from walks or play sessions outside, check their body for ticks using a tick or flea comb. Remove and dispose of ticks you find that haven’t bitten your pet. If you find a tick that has attached, remove it carefully with a set of tweezers, making sure to get all parts of the tick out of your pet’s skin. Cleanse the area with rubbing alcohol, and keep an eye on it over the next few weeks.

To learn more about tick prevention, call your London, ON animal hospital. We’re here to help!

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