While we spend time outside with our pets wherever we can, it’s important to be aware of hidden dangers they may be facing. As the weather warms up, ticks are reappearing in Ontario. Here is the tick prevention information you need to know to protect your pets.
What are Ticks?
Ticks are members of the spider family and are strong biters. They are attracted to three things: body motion, body heat, and carbon dioxide. Ticks are ground-dwellers, so they jump from low shrubbery, or the ground to latch onto your pet. They are usually found on the body parts of your pet that sit closest to the ground: neck, head, around the ears, the front part of the chest, and the underside of the chest.
Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, a serious illness which can be spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. When a tick bites and begins to feed, the Lyme disease bacteria in the tick’s stomach begins to migrate from the stomach to be regurgitated in the blood stream of the animal who has been bitten. This process can take 4-5 days to occur, therefore the longer the tick remains on the animal, the higher the risk of Lyme disease is.
How to Prevent
There are many ways to prevent your pet from having ticks. Speak with your veterinarian to learn about what products are best for your pets. Many veterinarians are still able to give prescriptions during this time.
How to Remove Ticks
Removing ticks improperly can cause many problems. It is best to consult your veterinarian to ensure proper removal of the tick is done and to develop a preventative program for your pet. Some tick products kill ticks before they can infect your pet. There are also topical options, but if considering one of those products, it’s important to rely on your veterinarian to help you use it properly.
How to safely remove ticks from your dog
For information on other bugs you need to be aware of this summer, read our blog here.
Thank you so much for all you do
Thank you so much for all you do every day to rescue animals in need. I can’t imagine the terrible situations that you see every day. It is great that you have the heart to help. Keep up the good work.