Protecting Your Dog From Ticks

Ticks have been in the news a lot lately. While they have always been a nuisance here in Georgia, recently there have been massive spikes in tick-borne diseases, both in people and pets. These disgusting little parasites can spread some very dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In this article, a Marietta, GA vet tells you how to protect Fido from ticks.

Parasite Control Products

The best way to keep ticks from latching on to your canine buddy is to simply keep up with his parasite control products. There are many types available, from topical drops to sprays to collars. You should never double up on products, however: this can expose Fido to unsafe level of pesticides. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Home and Garden

Did you know that putting a three-foot path around your property can help keep ticks away? Ticks don’t like to be exposed to sunlight, so they often turn back from these borders. Keeping your lawn and hedges trimmed will also help, as will removing debris, such as fallen branches and dead leaves. We also recommend putting birdfeeders, gardens, and produce trees away from the house: they can attract wild animals that also carry ticks.

Tick Checks

We recommend doing daily tick checks on your four-legged pal, especially after he has been in wild or wooded areas. You can do this while hanging out with Fido at night. Check under your pet’s collar, around his ears, and even between his toes. Incorporate belly rubs and ear scritches to make this more fun for both of you.

Tick Removal

If you find a tick, don’t panic. Get a tick popper or fine-point tweezers, a small jar, antiseptic, and rubbing alcohol. Carefully pull the tick off your furry pal by pulling upward in a steady but gentle motion. Make sure you get the whole thing: if you leave parts behind, they could cause infections. Then, put some antiseptic on the area and give Fido a treat. Save the tick in alcohol in the jar, or get a clear picture of it. If your canine friend starts to show any symptoms, identifying the tick itself may be very helpful to your vet.

Do you need to get parasite control for your pup? Call us, your Marietta, GA pet clinic, today. We’re dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.