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Protecting Your Pet from Ticks

April 15, 2015

Ticks are, unfortunately, a concern for all Texan pet owners. These disgusting parasites can transmit harmful diseases, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and can make your furbaby very, very sick with just one bite! In this article, your San Antonio veterinarian discusses protecting your pet from ticks.

Preventative Treatments

Topical treatments and pills are quick and easy ways to repel ticks. You can get them from your vet, or buy them at pet stores. One dose will generally keep your pet safe for a month. Be sure to follow all the label directions to the letter, as these products can do more harm than good if misused.

Shampoos and Dips

Bathing your pet with a tick-killing shampoo is an inexpensive way to keep your four-legged friend safe from ticks, though it will take more time and work than pills or spot treatments. Shampoos also don’t last as long, so you’ll need to bathe your furkid about every other week, which can be too much for some animals. Dips are similar to shampoos, though they contain stronger chemicals. Dips are also not appropriate for all pets: for animals that are very young, sick, or seniors, check with your vet first.

Collars

Collars with tick-repelling properties are easy and fairly inexpensive, but may only protect your furball’s head and neck area. Pay close attention to your furry friend after you put the collar on, and watch for signs of scratching or discomfort, which could indicate an allergic reaction.

Powders and Sprays

Powders and sprays can be quite effective, though they can get messy and can spread harsh chemicals through your home. These can also be dangerous if inhaled or ingested. Always read and follow the instructions very carefully, and avoid getting any in your beloved pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, or food dishes. Sprays can be great short-term protection for specific occasions, such as hiking trips.

Helpful Tips

Make sure to keep your trees and brushes trimmed. This will help prevent ticks and fleas from moving in! You’ll also want to check your pet regularly to make sure there are no uninvited guests hiding in his fur. If you do find a tick, remove it immediately with tweezers or a tick-pulling tool.

Does your dog or cat need shots or an examination? Call us, your San Antonio vet clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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