Ticks 101

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With tick season approaching, there as some important things pet owners need to understand to protect their furry family members from an encounter with these pesky pests!Ticks are part of the archanid family, they are more closely related to spiders than insects! Ticks are blood suckers & require a host to survive, and they aren’t particular on who’s for dinner. They feed on birds, reptiles, amphibians & mammals. Once attached to their host of choice, they can feed for up to five days.
Contrary to popular belief, a tick’s bite is actually painless which creates much concern in knowing whether or not your pet is infected.Tick bites can cause multiple diseases in their host and even death however, It isn’t usually the bite of the tick that causes the damage ,but the pathogens that the tick carries that are then passed into the host through the bite. Though some tick bites do not result in any negative side effects, the more serious can include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and anaplasmosis.

PREVENTION:Once a month topical treatments for pets are the easiest way to keep ticks and other parasites at bay. We recommend using Revolution because it’s non greasy and odorless, as soon as it dries you are safely able to touch and play with your dog with no fear of side effects from the product getting on your skin. The product enters the dogs blood stream through the skin & immediately goes to work protecting the host from not only ticks but also from fleas, heart worms & ear mites.


SAFE STEPS TO REMOVE A TICK:

If you notice a tick on your dog, don’t panic.
You will need the following items to safely remove the tick from your dog:

  • Gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic (Tea Tree Oil is a natural antiseptic!)
  • Alcohol

*Using gloves, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible while trying to be gentle. In a smooth motion, remove the ENTIRE tick,( leaving behind any part of the tick can lead to infection.)

*Drop the tick into alcohol in a seal proof container, this will kill the tick & allow you to keep the specimen. In case any issues arise in your dog, you can take the dead tick to your vet for testing.

* Use the antiseptic solution to gently cleanse the affected area. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands after you are done!

Remember,Ticks live in moist, humid environments & are commonly found in wooded or grassy areas. To avoid contact with ticks on yourself and your dog, walk in the center of trails when outdoors and always do a thorough “body sweep” of your pet and yourself when returning indoors!

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