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Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, which can be very dangerous for dogs, as in the case of this mixed-breed pup who racked up several thousand dollars in vet bills from a Lyme diagnosis. There are also numerous other tickborne diseases that are commonly seen in the
What can pet owners do to keep pets safe during tick season? Avoiding tick-heavy areas, including tall grass and wooded areas, can significantly decrease the risk of crossing paths with tick-borne diseases. Talking to a veterinarian to see if the Lyme vaccine is appropriate for a furry companion is also recommended; if they spend time outdoors, chances are they might be a good candidate for it. While it's true that ticks are more active during warmer months, that does not mean they disappear when temperatures drop. In fact, ticks can be found still very much alive in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Dogs should be given a thorough look over after playing outside or going on a walk, to make sure an unwanted tick didn't catch a ride home. Last, but certainly not least, use a vet-recommended tick preventative. It can take between two to five months for symptoms of tickborne illness to even begin to show, so prevention is crucial in keeping pets safe. Tick prevention products come in several forms, including a chew or tablet, a collar, or a topical method, all of which can be claimed for reimbursement under an Embrace Wellness Rewards plan.
A pet owner finds a tick on their dog, what now? If a pet parent does find a tick on their four-legged friend, it's important to take quick, but careful action. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol first, then get as close to the head of the tick as possible with a pair of sharp, pointy tweezers and pull straight up. Make sure to clean the area again with more rubbing alcohol to sanitize it. If the dog is not on a regular tick preventative, it's never a bad idea to check in with a veterinarian.
What are possible symptoms of tickborne illness? If a dog starts showing symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, lameness, joint swelling, or unusual behavior/not acting like themselves, pet owners should take their dog to the vet right away.
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