Usually, when we are talking ticks, we have dogs on our mind. The truth is, ticks love the human blood as much as they like the dog’s and cat’s blood. Avoiding ticks & Lyme disease is for pets and parents (and any human), not only pet owner, who spends time in the outdoors.
The best chance to get the bloodsuckers is in a grassy area like your backyard, wooden areas, etc. Unlike the believe, ticks are dangers all year round, especially in the warmer areas. The deer ticks are those who transfer Lyme disease, and in 2013 about 300,000 new cases of human disease were reported.
The best way to treat the disease, is trying to avoid it. For pet and parents, keep grass cut in the backyard, discard standing water (also good against mosquitoes), if you are on a trail, walk in the center of the road..
Every day after the last walk outside, it’s recommended to conduct a full body check of your pet (s), looking close to the skin as possible. If you find a tick, you need to remove it immediately. Ticks carry lime and other diseases, depends on the tick type.
Brushing the pet fur / hair may be also useful.
Keep your dog groomed with short fur/ hair.
Use tick control for your pet. There are many products on the market of dog tick and flea control like collars, spray, one a month topical, powders. In addition, you can, or should, bathing him with tick and flea shampoo to kill whatever is crawling on him. Do not use any of them on your cat since cats are highly sensitive to chemicals. If needed, ask your vet what to use.
Remember that sometimes it is hard to see the tick bite, The bites are painful to the dog, and that it takes about 7 days for illness to affect the dog.
To remove ticks, never use your fingers. Use gloves and a fine-tipped tweezers. Grab the tick by the head (not the body) and just pull firmly directly outward, without twisting. Then put it in a jar with alcohol and let her die…. Don’t wash it in the toilet, it won’t kill it.
If tick found on your pet, you should also check yourself. Fined one, wash your clothes and dry on very high temperature.
In case of illness, it is usually treated with antibiotics.
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