Pest Prevention And Your Pet
It’s tick season and these pests are quite literally everywhere! We’ve been talking about how to protect your home from ticks, so that you can spend time in your yard safely, but what about protecting your pets? A lovely outdoor walk means that your pooch is exposed to these disease spreading arachnids, so here’s what you can do to keep your four legged friend safe too.
Lyme Disease, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many other diseases can be transferred to you and sometimes your pets all because of a parasite the size of a poppy seed. Fighting against such a small nuisance as the tick can seem difficult, especially for pets who can’t take precautionary measures on their own. To help keep pet owners at ease and protect animals and their parents from the hazards ticks can bring, the CDC has put together some simple tips that can help keep ticks off your pet and out of your home.
Our furry friends rely on us to take care of them, so as responsible pet owners, it’s important to make sure we’re in the know when it comes to pest prevention and your pet.
The tick, a type of insect parasite, attaches itself to animal skin, feasting on the host’s blood. Infected ticks, however, can spread diseases to their host. Diagnosis of canine tick-borne diseases is based on blood analysis. Thousands of canine tick-borne diseases are diagnosed annually. Many more go undiagnosed and therefore untreated. Though many tick-borne diseases exist, seven are considered more common than others.
If you find a tick on your dog, be sure you know how to remove and dispose of it safely. Any concerns, then seek professional advice from your vet. Don’t leave it too late to get help if it’s needed.