In a recent blog post, we covered the fact that ticks are emerging early for 2015, and why that's something you should pay attention to, for the well-being of yourself as well as your pet. Mild weather can have a big affect on tick population, and it's always best to be prepared.
Ticks can be a threat for both pets and humans, and pets are completely reliantly on their human counterparts to guard against the possibility of infection and illness. While dogs, cats, ferrets or any furry mammals are susceptible to tick-born illness and infection, for our purposes here we will stick with dogs. Whether or not a dog is likely to encounter tick-born illness depends on many factors, such as:
- The environment. Dogs that spend more time outdoors in the forest or underbrush are more likely to attract ticks.
- Whether or not a repellent is used. Dogs that have been consistently treated for fleas and ticks are better protected.
- Owner vigilance. It's up to you to monitor your pup and be sure to remove any attached ticks as soon as possible, reducing the risk of disease transmission. In rare instances, dogs that have lost too much blood to ticks can develop anemia.
Because dogs are outdoor creatures by nature, it's best to pay attention to 1 and 2 above, so that 3 doesn't happen. If the habitat that your dog spends its most time in is your own yard, simple changes to your landscaping might make it less tick-friendly. Putting a barrier of mulch or gravel or wood chips between your yard and any adjacent woods can help keep ticks off your property.
Next, be sure to regularly treat your dog for tick prevention. Your veterinarian can guide you on the best products for your dog's breed, age and size.
Finally, keep Earth's Balance Tick Releaser Spray and Mail-In Test Kit on-hand. That why should you find a tick on your dog (or yourself!) you have an easy step-by-step process to guide you through removal, as well as a convenient way to submit the tick for testing.
Spring is here—stay safe out there!