Many people think that their pet is only at risk during the warm summer months, if they live in the south, or if their dog frequently plays in long grass or swampy areas. This just isn’t true, and sadly, these misconceptions have put many dogs at risk.
Yes – ticks are more prevalent during warmer seasons, but you may be surprised that the threat is present after the winter’s first thawing. Your best bet is to use a preventative all-year round, but at the very least, use it late into the fall and before spring starts.
Is your pet a city dweller? You’re not off the hook! Even dogs that live in urban areas can come in contact with fleas and ticks from local foliage or other dogs they pass on the street. This goes for cats as well. Even an indoor cat can be susceptible if interacting with other animals.
There are a number of different preventative options available on the market. Treatment may vary based on the species, size, and life stage of your pet. Talk to your veterinarian to determine which option is best for you.
Checking your pets for fleas and ticks should become a regular part of your grooming schedule. Ticks aren’t always visible but you should be able to feel them. They are most often found in the areas that aren’t easily reached by your pet and feel like small, hard bumps. IMPORTANT – if you find a tick, do NOT try to remove it with your hands! Use tweezers and pull from the head not the body, careful not to twist when pulling. After carefully disposing of the tick – wash your hands! Ticks DO carry diseases that can harm you and your pets.
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