Keeping Your Dog Safe from Ticks

Summer is associated with many wonderful things, such as camping, grilling, swimming, and barbeques. Unfortunately, it’s also a peak time for ticks. These disgusting parasites are not just a nuisance for your beloved pet. They can carry dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In this article, a local Greer, SC veterinarian offers tips on keeping your dog safe from ticks.

Parasite Control

First things first: keep up with your canine friend’s parasite control products. There are many different products available to choose from, such as collars, powders, and sprays. However, most people prefer topical drops, as they are easy and convenient to use. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Home Protection

While there’s no way to ensure that you’ll never get a tick on your property, there are some things you can do to make your home less appealing to them. Keep your lawn neatly mowed, and remove debris, such as dead leaves and branches. If you have shrubs outside your home, keep them trimmed so they don’t touch the house. If you have fruit trees or a garden, pick up fallen produce, as it can attract wild animals that carry ticks.

Tick Checks

We recommend checking your furry friend thoroughly every day. Incorporate ear scritches and belly rubs to make this more fun for Fido. Remember to check beneath your canine buddy’s collar, in and around his ears, all along his tail, and between those furry little toes.

Tick Removal

If you find a tick on your four-legged friend, don’t panic. Just remove it right away. You’ll need tweezers or a tick-puller, a small container with rubbing alcohol in it, antiseptic, and a doggy treat. Using your weapon of choice, grab a hold of the tick and pull the little monster out, using a steady motion. Be sure to get the whole thing! Then, drop it in a jar of rubbing alcohol, and swab the spot with antiseptic. (We probably don’t need to explain what to do with the doggy treat.) To be on the safe side, save the tick, or take a clear picture of it, so it can be identified if Fido does develop any symptoms.

Is your furry buddy due for an exam or vaccines? Call us, your Greer, SC animal hospital, anytime! We are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.