Preventing Tick-Borne Infection in Your Pet

June 20, 2016 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

The weather is quickly heating up and so are the ticks. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) predicts an increase in several tick-borne diseases this year. We recommend the following prevention tips to protect you and your furry friend from those pesky pests:

 

  1. Check your pet for ticks daily. Research shows that it takes 24 hours for most diseases to be transmitted from the tick to your pet. Daily checks can reduce your pet’s risk significantly. Don’t forget to look between the toes, in the earflaps, and around the base of the tail for hidden ticks.
  2. These pests are commonly found in high grass and shaded areas. Rid your lawn of ticks by mowing regularly, eliminating weeds, and keeping trash cans covered and inaccessible by your cat or dog.
  3. Avoid tick infested areas such as wooded and brushy areas with your pet as much as possible. When hiking with your pet, walk in the center of trails.
  4. While it is a good idea to take preventive measures against ticks year-round, be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.
  5. Consult with us about the best tick prevention product for your individual pet.
  6. After removing a tick from your pet, watch for symptoms of tick-borne disease such as loss of appetite, fever, and lethargy.
  7. Consider having your pet blood tested on a regular basis to check for silent infections.

Preventing Tick Infection

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