Getting Your Dog Through Tick Seasoncolby
Summer fun is in full swing and that means a lot of outdoor time for you and your pup. It also means the height of tick season. This pesky little parasites aren’t just gross and annoying, they can cause serious health issues for your dog. Keep your pup safe by following these expert tips:
When is tick season?
Tick season typically runs from May to September, depending on where you live. However, ticks come out to feed any day of the year that is over 39°F. So, depending on which part of the country you live in, almost every day can be considered tick season.
What are the dangers?
Small they may be, but their bite can cause a lot of issues. Ticks carry diseases that can be passed on to your dog as they feed of its blood.
Commonly, Lyme Disease is transmitted from ticks to your dog. This disease can lead to things like cardiac and renal complications that may be fatal.
How do ticks move?
Many people are under the impression that ticks can jump of fly, this is simply untrue. In order for them to move from place to place, they hang onto leaves, branches, and tall grass waiting to drop down on mammals passing by.
Once they land, they like to burrow deep into the warmest areas of your dog, such as the folds in their skin around their shoulders, neck and armpits.
How do you find ticks?
Feel around areas such as the back, ears, neck, shoulders and armpits. Because ticks are small, it might be easier to find them through touch as opposed to sight. When searching for these pesky creatures, diligently feel for strange bumps or ridges and pull back your dog’s fur in certain areas to ensure a full inspection.
How do you remove ticks?
If you find ticks on your dog’s skin, carefully try to remove them while completely intact. If they break apart and the tick’s feeding tube stays imbedded in your pup, it may cause health issues. Once ticks have completely fed themselves, they are easy to spot because they will be fully engorged with the blood they’ve consumed. If you find ticks at this stage, be sure to carefully remove them as you don’t want any of the digested blood on your skin or your dog.
The chances of your dog developing Lyme Disease from tick bites is relatively low. However, there is the added concern that Lyme Disease can be transferred to humans. If you know your dog has been bitten by one or suspect they have based on symptoms, bring them to the vet immediately. As with all pet health issues, it is better to be safe than sorry by having a professional examination.
Good prevention is key when protecting your dog from ticks.