Protection Against Ticks: Part 2
Tick season can pose a health risk to both you and your pet. Once these small, inconspicuous insects latch onto people or pets, they can be difficult to detect. By taking a few precautions, you can protect yourself and your canine or feline companion from a tick infestation. Here are a few ways to prevent problems with ticks this summer season.
If hiking or camping is your thing, you’re more susceptible to encountering problems with ticks as these pests commonly inhabit grassy knolls and wooded areas where deer and other large animals dwell. When hiking with your pet, stay in the middle of your trail to avoid getting ticks from trees or tall grass. Protect your arms, legs, and feet by wearing long-sleeved T-shirts and pants along with closed shoes or hiking boots. If you’re going to be walking through tall grass, tuck your pants legs into your boots for extra protection. Don’t forget to use tick repellant as well to reduce the risk of being bit.
When you get home, do a tick inspection of your entire body. If you discover a tick, pull it off carefully with tweezers, making sure you get it in its entirety. Then flush the tick down the toilet. Wash your skin thoroughly with soap and water. If you think you may have been bitten by a tick, see your doctor. Ticks can carry all kinds of diseases including the dreaded Lyme disease which could make you seriously ill. Taking preventative measures will enable you to enjoy outdoor time to the full without worrying about ticks.
There are also measures you can take to protect your pets from fleas and ticks. If you’re not sure how to keep ticks away from your dog or cat, ask your vet. Your vet can recommend monthly medications that will keep your pet safe from summer pests. Some medications provide up to 12 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks, keeping your pet safe all summer long. Be sure to consult with your vet, however, before introducing new medications to your pets.
You should also check your pet regularly for ticks and fleas, especially after a romp in the woods or grassy fields. Ask your vet to include tick inspections in their routine exams as well. By staying on top of your dog’s grooming and physical care, you’re less likely to have problems with fleas and ticks. If your pet shows signs of sickness which could be attributed to a tick bite, get medical attention right away. You can save your pet from the discomfort of sickness and disease by carefully monitoring their health.
For help in protecting your pet from pesky insects this summer, contact Park Hills Animal Hospital at 859-581-5200 today. Our certified vets can develop a prevention plan to protect your pet against fleas and ticks to keep them in the best of health.