Ticks can be a serious health hazard. Luckily there are numerous treatments to prevent tick bites on your pet.
Ticks are a common and serious threat to your pet’s health. The good news is there are lots of ways to help reduce the risk. Steps you can take include:
- Regular use of a tick preventative treatment
Scientific advances have brought innovative solutions to the control of parasites in companion animals. There is now a broad range of modern products with improved activity, efficacy, convenience and compliance to treat your pet. These options include spot-ons, sprays, collars, as well as oral chewable formulations.
Re-administration of product is usually required for effective long-term control of ticks at intervals which range from a typical 4 week up to 12 weeks for extended control. Speak to your veterinary practitioner for a recommendation as to which product is most appropriate for your pet and how best to ensure you give repeat treatments at the appropriate intervals.
- Check your pet for ticks.
The best time to check your pet is after a walk. Run your hands all over your dog’s body, looking for any unusual lumps or bumps. Pay particular attention to areas with less hair, such as the ears, groin, between the toes, under the front legs, and under the tail. However, it’s worth remembering that ticks can be tiny (unfed nymphs are about the size of a sesame seed), so it can be easy to miss them.
- Remove any attached ticks.
If you do find a tick, remove it promptly yourself or call your vet for advice if you’re unsure of what to do. Ticks should only be removed using a specific tick removal device (a hook or scoop). Do NOT attempt to burn, cut, or pull the tick off with your fingers, as this increases the likelihood that parts of the tick could be left behind and also increases the risk of disease transmission to your pet.
- Take action to protect yourself and the other members of your family.
Ticks are a threat to people too, and can transmit disease such as Lyme Disease. Protect yourself and your family by covering up exposed skin when walking in areas where ticks are likely to be present, using an appropriate repellent and checking yourself for ticks after walking.