Ticks can easily get attached to your dog or cat when they're outdoors. UPAWS Manager, Loreina Danstrine, says checking after being outside is key.
"If they've been out in a field with really tall grass, that's where the ticks love to hang out, especially a wet field or a wetland area. You could easily pick up ticks just in your own yard even if you keep your grass short. Again, it's just really important to check your animal every day, develop a routine, and make sure your animal is safe and healthy," said Danstrine.
You can instantly feel a tick on your pet when checking. Use a comb or a pick to take it out. When you're removing a tick, make sure you get the head which can be impeded in the skin.
Ticks carry diseases, like Lyme disease, that can be very harmful and potentially fatal to your pet. Lyme disease gets transmitted when a tick stays attached 24 to 48 hours after an initial bite. It's crucial to remove ticks as soon as you see them.
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It's recommended to see a vet that will prescribe the best tick killing medication. Veterinarian Abraham Aho says you should always apply a medication.
"A topical product which, hopefully, the tick will die within the kill rate. Secondarily, the vaccine is essential and it's not 100 percent protective, but it's a good addition to the pour-on product," said Aho.
Also, liquid medications are not waterproof, so veterinarians suggest you increase the dosage if your furry friend gets in water frequently.
If you have different types of animals in your household, visit a vet that can help prescribe the best medication that's safe for all your pets.