It's Tick Season... what you need to know

Posted by Melanie Taljaard on Thu, May 23, 2013 @ 07:17 AM

Ticks are a menace when it comes to your pet and especially dogs. This is because they are vectors to serious disease whose symptoms are not conspicuous. This means that your dog could be suffering from a disease yet you remain in the dark . The fact that ticks are found in long grass and need no special environment does not help matters. Tics find their host in any animals even the wild ones meaning that if it is there season then they becoming very predominant and thus the need to have an idea of how to counter them.

Ticks feed on blood of their hosts since they are parasitic. They prefer warm, most conditions to thrive and they prefer movement. They have a preference for mammals and this puts your dog in the category of easy attack. Once a tick attaches on the hosts body it stays till it is done with the blood meal and the time period varies with the type of tick. They usually attack dogs on areas with less hair and such as folds and ears that are hidden. The knowledge of this is important because it will enable you deal with the ticks directly after you identify their location since they can hide.

Though not all ticks transmit diseases as is usually assumed, there is always the speculation of disease with every tick. The period of time that a tick takes to transmit a disease is about 24-48 hours after its attachment and the start of its blood meal. For this reason the risks are real and it is crucial that the tick be spotted almost immediately and removed.Tick male size comparison (aka)

A tick bit may cause fever, paralysis, weaknesses and some extreme cases the dog may swell and become lame. The first step when such symptoms are noticed would be to ensure that you scrutinize the dog for any ticks twice a day and remove them manually. The deer tick is the type of tick that causes a disease known as lyme disease. This is a menace to the family since it can be transferred to humans too. Once the tick has been removed the tick should be kept in a bottle and then seek the services of a vet. This expert is better placed to tell what type of tick it is since he will take test samples. When the above mentioned symptoms are realized it indicates that your dog has contracted lyme disease but don't panic since it is treatable.

Ticks in dogs can be kept at bay by using preventive measures. This could be achieved by ensuring that you walk it in parks that are well tended. This is because ticks require shade to thrive and long grass is perfect for this condition. In case your dog wanders to stray grounds with others it should be checked immediately for ticks and removed if any. It is also preferable that you expose your pet to other pets whose owners you know and especially if they are as keen as you are in its care. The other measure that always works is observing hygiene of your dog. Cleaning is very important and so are the routine veterinary checks that will ascertain your dog’s health all the time.

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