Spotting Ticks On Your Four Legged Friend
We are not yet into the full swing of the spring time. The time of year when ticks would normally start to emerge and cause many of us misery. They can survive through the cooler months and take shelter in vegetation waiting for the weather to warm up. However, these tiny critters are out and about early this year and with that comes the risk of bites and the transmission of tick borne diseases. So here’s what you can do to protect yourself from them…
If you think ticks die out in the winter, you’re in for a sad surprise. Ticks are apparently quite resilient and most manage to winter over just fine, hiding in decaying vegetation and waiting for a break in the weather to emerge. Any day when temperatures hit 40 degrees and above, ticks are back in motion, experts say. If you’ve noticed a tick on your pet, it’s a warning sign for you to start checking yourself for the nasty little disease-spreading blood suckers.
It can be hard to spot a tick on your four legged friend. Especially if they are the long haired kind, so here are a few tips in how to check your pooch when you’ve been out and about.
Spring is officially here, but with the sun and warmer weather comes the dreaded tick season. Right now the main concern for medical experts is the spread of Lyme disease. “March seems to be the time of the year that we tend to see an increase in ticks so we recommend they get started now,” veterinarians like Dr. Paul Drewry say this is the time of year to start checking and protecting your pets from ticks.
Any time spent outdoors gives ticks the potential to latch on to you or your pet, so make it second nature to check your skin and the fur of your dog. We can all play our part when it comes to fighting tick borne diseases.