Ticks are minuscule creatures that latch on to the skin of dogs and spread various ailments which can be life-threatening as well. Here are a few tips to watch out for in keeping your dog free from these menaces.
Identify which season is tick season
These nuisances of a creature are prevalent all around the nation. In order to keep your dog safe from them you are required to keep a close watch on them, and with the help of your local veterinarian, you can stay away seasons where ticks flourish.
Understand the lay of the land
It is for the fact that ticks tend to thrive in dense vegetation. These creatures crawl and make their way up and eventually jump and latch on to passerby animals. It is recommended to avoid thick vegetation, particularly during their flourishing season.
Avail tick prevention medication
There are a variety of tick preventive products such as tick collars and medicines which are to be taken orally or massaged on to the surface of the dog. It is best to seek expert advice from your vet on which medication is suitable for your breed.
Daily frisk your dog
It is recommended to search and check your dog daily for any ticks present on its body particularly after outside picnics with the dog. Tend to check the areas of the neck, ears, and head as these are the ticks preferred areas of bite.
Save the ticks you remove
Different species of tips are known to produce various and distinctive diseases. So, accumulating the ticks, you encounter from your dog can help the vet in recognizing what diagnosis to give along with their proper medication. Store these minute creatures in a container filled with isopropyl alcohol.
Extract the embedded ticks properly
Tend to remove the tick as soon as possible as it lessens the risk of the dog sustaining any diseases from the tick. Seek your vet’s advice on how to effectively remove the tick. Remember to wear gloves when extracting these ticks for hygienic and safety purposes.
Consider the Lyme disease vaccine
Vets recommend vaccinating the dogs against the risk of sustaining Lyme diseases applicable through tick bites in areas where ticks tend to thrive. And for those dogs not in proximity with flourishing tick areas isn’t recommended to get the injection.
Seek immediate medical care post-tick-borne disease
Understand what the symptoms of a tick-borne illness are and keep an eye out for any such signs arising from your dog. If the dog depicts such symptoms, seek immediate medical care and treatment for a positive result for the dog.