We’re approaching tick season! This means extra precautions must be taken in order for your pet to remain safe and free of these harmful pests. Do you know how to keep your furry-friend safe? If not, let’s go over these tips and tricks to help you keep your pet protected.
What Are Ticks?
Ticks are tiny creatures that live in grass, trees, and bushes. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, however, they’re typically very difficult to see. Since pets walk so close to the ground and sniff around trees in the yard, they’re prime targets for blood-sucking ticks.
These tiny creatures are not to be messed with. They carry a surplus of bacteria that, if ignored, can result in severe health complications for both dogs and cats. In addition, they can spread these ticks to their owners through contact. This results in a dirty home rife with dangerous bacteria. Because of the severity of the issue, keeping your pet on a tick prevention plan is key.
Purchase a Flea and Tick Collar
There are several pest control collars on the market that are reasonably priced. Once placed on your pet, it releases microscopic medication into the fur of your dog or cat. Ticks hate this stuff and once they get a whiff, they’ll stay far away from your pet. This medication is long-lasting, though you’ll need to check the packaging of each brand to be sure to know when you need to replace your pet’s collar.
The best thing about this collar is that it’s virtually weightless. Your pet can wear it for an extended period of time without feeling irritated. In addition, because they’re built for extended wear, they don’t pose a choking threat. which is common with traditional collars.
Encapsulated Preventive Medication
There are a few pills on the market designed specifically for repelling ticks from your pet. However, these are medication, and as such you should check with your vet prior to putting your dog on this regimen. It’s always wise to consider the weight and breed of your pet to make sure you’re providing them with the best medical care possible.
In addition, there are topical creams that work to rid ticks from your pets in an instant. These medical creams are perfect for the spring and summer months when ticks are prevalent.
How to Prevent Tick Exposure
While you can’t prevent everything, there are a few things you can do to keep your pet protected. To begin, monitor where they’re playing. If they tend to gravitate towards trees and brush, redirect them to a clear and safe place in the yard. Short grass and open fields are best for pets because ticks typically don’t dwell in those environments.
Another important aspect of preventing tick exposure is pest control. Having a contracted pest control professional assess your yard and make a plan of action can help ensure your pets are kept safe from the health scares a tick can cause. They can both make suggestions about things you can change in your yard and, in some cases, suggest regular pest control regimens.
Check your pet’s skin on a consistent basis to make sure no ticks are hiding in their fur. Catching these bugs early is key to locating the source and developing a successful plan of action. If you do find a tick that is already attached to your pet, contact your vet for advice on how to remove it and move forward. However, with regular preventative measures, you can help prevent the possibility of ticks on your pet.
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