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When Spring is in the air, it’s time to talk about something every dog owner should be on the look out for: ticks. The disease carrying insects thrive in the spring and summer months, which is also when you’re most likely to enjoy nature with your furry best friend.
Although ticks may seem harmless due to their size, they are very dangerous to dogs and humans. The insects can infect their hosts with a variety of nasty diseases including Lyme Disease, Canine Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
In some situations, a dog who is infected by a tick can develop a fever or eventually go lame. Other harmful symptoms include paralysis and anemia. It’s important to inspect your pet and remove ticks as quickly as possible to prevent the spread of disease.
When you act quickly it can also stop ticks from invading your home or spreading disease among your family. Below is more information about how to remove ticks from your dog.
There are certain dog breeds that are more likely to get infected with ticks. Dog breeds with long, silky hair are usually attractive to ticks because it’s easier to move through their hair.
If you and your dog live in a warm climate they may be more susceptible since they are theoretically exposed to them for longer periods of time.
Here are some of the most common myths about ticks and how to get rid of them:
If you believe your dog may have ticks, it’s important for you to examine their coat and as soon as possible. Here are some tips on how to safely remove ticks from your furry companion:
When you are diligent about grooming your dog, the more likely you are are to notice and remove ticks before they have a chance to infect your dog with a disease.
Contact your veterinarian as soon as possible to schedule an appointment if you notice a tick. They can prescribe medication and provide helpful advice to keep your dog strong and healthy.