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Tips on ticks

Tick on a dog
Tick on a dog
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Ticks are nasty little parasites and can cause quite a bit of trouble if not handled the right way. Ticks can be picked up by a pet in pretty much any type of climate and are very prominent in grassy, wooded and damp locations. While out walking or on a hike it is very easy for a tick to jump unto a passing animal. Ticks, after coming in contact with an animal, will embed their heads into the skin in order to feed on the animal’s blood.
In order to remove a tick from a pet, follow these steps;
1. Separate the hair to reveal the tick and clean the area with alcohol. This not only will disinfect the area but can help the tick to loosen its grip.
2. With tweezers or hemostats grasp the tick close to the skin where the head is located.
3. Pull slowly and firmly straight out making sure that the head is still attached. If the head is not attached to the body other issues can arise from it being left inside the animal’s body.
Ticks can be very irritating for a pet but the danger comes from the possibility of diseases that can be passed from the tick to the pet. These diseases include Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can all cause major medical issues and are potentially fatal. If a pet that has been in contact with a tick starts to display signs of lethargy, loss of appetite, or labored breathing, they need to be taken to a veterinarian right away.
Many of the flea controls on the market also cover tick prevention. If ticks are a concern or have been issues in the past make sure to address a veterinarian, and make sure the pet is being treated with a flea control that includes ticks. As always, all animals in the home should be on regular flea and tick prevention.