Dogs and Ticks

A tick-free dog is a healthy dog.Learn more than you wanted to know about tick disease, prevention, treatment from this great educational website: http://www.dogsandticks.com/index.html

“Ticks can be present any where from the deep woods to urban parks. This Web site is filled with tips to educate you about Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, as well as other diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes. You’ll find pictures of ticks, information on how to protect your dog from ticks and how to recognize symptoms of tick disease in dogs. With tick education and awareness, you can help keep your best friend happy and healthy.”

Interactive site map of tick-borne diseases :http://www.dogsandticks.com/diseases_in_your_area.php

Five quick tips for dog owners:

  1. Check for ticks daily. If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away:
    • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
    • Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. To prevent infection, avoid crushing the tick. After tick removal, clean your dog’s skin with soap and warm water.
    • Throw the dead tick away with your household trash or flush it down the toilet.
    • Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.
    • Is it a tick? Use these pictures to find out.
  2. Use a tick preventative on your dog.
  3. Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick screening at each exam.
  4. Watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite.
  5. Talk to your veterinarian about tick-borne diseases in your area.