Some pets live indoors a majority of the time, and some pets live outdoors a majority of the time – though both have their benefits and drawbacks, it’s important to understand the effects that the outdoor world can have on our pups. Even the most sheltered and domestic pets occasionally brave the outer world, and it’s important to take preventive measures to ensure their safety and health.
Our furry friends are like family to us, and it can be concerning when something goes on with their health. One of the hazards of outdoor life, or even short stints of outdoor play, is the possibility of ticks making their way into our pet’s fur and skin. In this article, we’ll explain what ticks are and how they can pose a threat to our pet’s health, and some of the myths associated with removing them safely and effectively.
Ticks are a common type of parasite that live in outdoor brush. There are a few different types of ticks, and they can affect animals and humans differently. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s best to prevent ticks from latching on to your pet. Ticks burrow into your dog’s skin and live off of their blood.
Ticks can spread diseases, such as Lyme disease, which can lead to other serious health issues such as joint problems or even paralysis in severe cases. Although it’s very difficult to keep your dog out of a tick’s reach, there are things you can do as a responsible pet owner to prevent ticks from latching on to your dogs.
Avoiding ticks can be difficult – especially if your pup spends the majority of their time in the outdoors. The best ways to avoid ticks are:
1. Use a tick-preventive medication to keep ticks from being tempted to latch onto your pet – this is usually the same as over-the-counter flea medicines.
2. Frequently scan your dog’s body during bath time, brushings, or regular petting – look for small bumps and lumps that are out of the ordinary for your pet.
3. If you suspect your dog has a tick, contact your trusted veterinarian for the best way to remove the tick safely.
There are many myths associated with ticks and tick removal, and it’s always essential to contact your veterinarian for proper guidance. Here are a few myths to keep in mind:
People have used all types of methods for tick removal, but the best way to cleanly and safely remove a tick is with a pair of tweezers and a magnifying glass – it’s essential to remove all parts of the tick and clean the area with anti-bacterial products.
This simply is not true. While only a few types of ticks can transmit Lyme disease, the numbers of ticks that transmit such diseases are much lower than most believe. However, to be safe, it’s always critical to have your pet checked out by your veterinarian if you find a tick on them.
Ticks don’t jump, nor do they usually fall off of trees or bushes. Ticks rub off onto your pet usually in areas where there is high, uncut grass or bushes. Keeping your pet out of these areas is one way to prevent ticks from latching onto your pet.
While it is true that not all ticks are especially dangerous to your pet, it is important to take preventive measures to ensure your pet is safe and healthy. Here at Dr. Ron’s Animal Hospital & Emergency, the pet owners in Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, and other areas nearby Ventura County have entrusted us with their pet’s health, including issues of tick removal and prevention. Living in especially brush-filled areas can pose a threat to your pup, and it’s important to keep them safe. To learn more about our tick prevention and treatment methods, or to learn more about how to keep your pet safe from ticks, please feel free to call one of our helpful professionals today.