4 Ways to Prevent Ticks on Your Dog
Our pets are our family, and we treat them as such in all that we do. So, the last thing we want to worry about is ticks and the diseases they can pass on to our canine companions. Different types of ticks reside in different regions, and can carry various bacterial, viral, and toxic diseases. If infected; your dog could experience fever, joint pain, fatigue, and more.
With a dog’s love for the outdoors, it’s important for us to help them stay tick-free and healthy.
Here are 4 simple ways to protect your dog from ticks:
- Tick Prevention. The first line of defense against ticks is prevention. There are numerous products for your dog—and your yard—that defend against ticks. Products such as oral treatments, spot-on treatments, shampoos, tick collars and sprays can defend against these pesky insects. Typically, these types of treatments are applied monthly, but can be used weekly if necessary. Consult your veterinarian for advice on the type and frequency of prevention that’s best for your dog.
- Immunization. Vaccinating your dog against tick-borne diseases can be instrumental in protecting your pet’s health. Although you cannot vaccinate against all of the diseases they carry, it’s beneficial to protect against Lyme disease, especially if you and your pet reside in an area where Lyme disease is common. Vaccinating your pet should be done annually by your veterinarian.
- Containment. Keeping your dog in a specified area that you can control is a good way to prevent tick problems. Ticks do not like a well-maintained lawn, so add a fence, and this is the safest outdoor area for your furry friend!
- Grooming. Brushing your dog on a regular basis also prevents ticks from camping out on your pup. It’s recommended that you brush your dog every couple of days, and if you decide to go for a hike in the woods, or a run on the trails, always brush them before they come back into the house.
In the event that you do find a tick on your dog, it’s best to remove it right away. Ticks typically will not transfer disease until 24 hours after attachment. However, there is no time to waste! Grab a pair of tweezers, and remove it as soon as possible, being careful to grip the tick by the head and gently remove it so as not to leave any part of the tick in your pet’s skin. You can also have the tick tested to see what it may have been carrying, and what you need to treat your pet for. After all, a healthy dog is a happy dog!