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2/10/2012

Is it time to think about ticks already?

Dear dog owner,

After a long, cold winter, we are all yearning for spring. Yet, as the temperature begins to rise, little creatures are also awakening from their winter sleep. Various insects, spiders, mites and ticks are becoming regular nuisances for our house pets – and not so infrequently, they can be a nuisance for us humans, too!

As soon as the outside temperature goes above 45 degrees F, remember that ticks will become active and attach themselves to our dogs as uninvited guests in order to suck their blood. Ticks lie on bushes and high grasses just waiting for warm-blooded creatures to pass by. A dog running through the underbrush shows up at just the right time. In a flash, the tick grabs on to the dog’s fur and then has all the time in the world to look around for a good spot to attach and feed. Sometimes, the tick will make do with the dog’s owner who is trailing along behind his/her dog and, from the tick’s point of view, is just another warm-blooded creature. It is also possible that a tick that hasn’t fully attached itself to your dog will wander from the dog onto you after you get home.

Your dog does not usually have a problem with the amount of blood lost from a tick bite. But the consequences are much more serious if the tick bite transmits diseases to your four-footed friend or to you.

In US, ticks primarily transmit the following illnesses:

To prevent transmission of disease-causing pathogens, you should immediately remove any tick in the proper manner, preferably using special tick forceps. In order prevent tick infestation, there are special preparations that you can obtain from your veterinarian, which are drizzled onto the dog’s neck. Your dog will then be protected from ticks for 3-4 weeks. A collar containing an anti-tick medication can also be helpful.

Make sure you are completely informed about ticks and the diseases they transmit, by clicking on the appropriate link.

We wish you and your dog a tick-free spring!
Your enpevet team