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Your Dog and Ticks

Summer brings many wonderful things along with the warm weather. Many of us are looking forward to grilling, swimming, and soaking up some rays. Unfortunately, not all of the things that come with the warm weather are good. Ticks are definitely one of the downsides of summer. These icky parasites can transmit dangerous diseases, like Lyme Disease, to your canine pal. In this article from a Livonia, MI vet, you’ll read about these unwelcome pests.

Preventative Measures

There are many different flea and tick repellants products available. Topical drops are very popular, as they are easy to apply and quite effective. Shampoos also work, though you’ll need to wash your pooch about every two weeks to keep him protected. Powders and sprays can be effective, but these can also be messy, and can spread toxins around your home. Collars are not ineffective, but they mostly protect Fido’s head and neck. Whichever option you choose, be sure to follow the directions to the letter. Never double up on these products, as this may expose your furkid to dangerous levels of toxic pesticides.

Yard

Ticks love to lurk in tall grasses and damp, shady areas. Mowing your lawn regularly will help keep your property tick-free. Also, put in gravel or mulch walkways or paths, especially along tree lines. Keeping your woodpiles neat and in sunny spots may also help. Many birds, such as robins, eat ticks, so installing bird feeders won’t hurt!

Tick Check

Check Fido daily to be sure that no unwanted guests have taken up residence in his fur. Ticks can transmit infections to dogs in just 24 hours, so be sure to do this every day. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to incorporate these daily checks with some good old quality time! Belly rubs are optional, but highly recommended.

Removing Ticks

If you find an eight-legged invader lurking in your dog’s fur, don’t panic. Get tweezers or a tick remover, gloves, rubbing alcohol, and antiseptic. If you have tweezers, grab the tick as close to Fido’s skin as you can. Tick removers have notches that will grasp the little beast. Pull it out in one sharp movement. Use the alcohol to kill the bug, and put antiseptic on Fido’s skin. Finally, give your pooch a special treat!

Do you have questions about your dog’s health, care, or behavior? Contact us, your Livonia, MI veterinary clinic, anytime!

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