Protecting Your Dog From Ticks

There’s definitely lots to love about living in the Lone Star State, including sunshine and warm weather. Unfortunately, ticks also like our climate, as it offers them year-round hunting. These disgusting little critters are more than a nuisance: they can transmit dangerous diseases, such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, to both people and pets. Below, a Sugar Land, TX vet offers advice on protecting dogs from ticks.

Parasite Control

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keep up on Fido’s flea and tick prevention. There are many different products available, from topical drops to sprays and powders. Whichever one you choose, always follow the directions very carefully and avoid combining products. Ask your vet for specific product recommendations and advice.

Tick Checks

Since ticks can transmit infections and diseases in as little as 24 hours, check Fido daily to be sure there are no uninvited guests hiding in his fur. Make sure to inspect his toes, beneath his collar, inside his ears, and under his arms.

Removing Ticks

If you find a tick, remove the unwanted hitchhiker immediately. You’ll need tweezers or a tick remover, gloves, rubbing alcohol, and antiseptic. Use the tweezers or tick remover to grab the tick, getting as close to your canine pal’s skin as possible. Once you have a hold of the bug, pull up steadily to remove it. Make sure you’ve gotten the entire tick. Drop the critter into a container of isopropyl alcohol to kill it, and then clean Fido’s skin with antiseptic. Now give your furry patient a treat! To be on the safe side, keep the tick in a small sealed jar, or take a picture of it. If your canine friend gets sick, being able to identify the tick can be very beneficial.

Keeping Ticks Off Your Property

Ticks often lurk in tall grasses; debris; dead leaves and branches; and trees. Keep your property cleared of dead brush, and mow your lawn regularly. Ticks won’t cross mulch or gravel, as it dries them out, so it may help to add a border path to your property, especially along tree lines. Avoid cocoa mulch, though, as it is toxic to dogs.

Do you need parasite prevention products for your pooch? Is Fido due for shots or an exam? Call us, your Sugar Land, TX vet clinic, anytime!