Check your Dog(s)/Cat(s)
Look between the toes, inside the ears, in the gums & around their teeth, between the legs (in the “armpits”), & around the neck, deep in the fur. If you find any ticks before they have had a chance to attach, you may have prevented serious illness for your pet. If you do find a tick attached to your dog, removal should be done immediately & carefully, making sure to get all parts of the tick’s body removed from the skin. Using a tick remover works best, but you can also use tweezers. If you are not confident in removing the entire tick successfully, call us & we will get you taken care of in the office!
What Are Some Complications Associated with Ticks in Dogs?
Skin irritation or infection
Ticks can also transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, which can cause serious complications and is potentially fatal without prompt care and the correct treatment.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can affect humans, dogs, cats and other mammals. Its primary carrier is the deer tick, which often feeds on rodents in its early stages. Later, the tick can attach to a dog or human and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Clinical signs include depression, swelling of the lymph nodes, loss of appetite and fever, as well as lameness and swollen, painful joints. Renal failure can also be a consequence of Lyme disease.
What do we recommend in our office?
- Revolution (topical treatment administered once a month)
- Bravecto (topical treatment that provides 12 weeks of protection per dose)
- Capstar (a pill that kills on contact- not a preventative- only lasts 24 hours- generally we recommend giving your pet one pill, waiting for the ticks to fall off, and once your pet it clear of ticks, starting them on a preventative)