She follows me everywhere I go … this is my pup Olivia. She is an 8 year old Australian Shepard and she is spoiled to death by me! As summer arrives so do pestie critters who like to make the garden a not so friendly place for our pets. Today I would like to remind everyone to do a quick check on your pet for ticks.
Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. Ticks like warmth and motion making our pups a perfect target. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas. Though ticks are said to be vectors of disease, not all ticks transmit disease – in fact, many ticks do not even carry diseases. However, the threat of disease is always present where ticks are concerned, and these risks should always be taken seriously. Most tick-borne diseases will take several hours to transmit to a host, so the sooner a tick is located and removed, the lower the risk of disease. We remove ticks with tweezers but you have to be careful because the entire bug must be removed. Another sure way to keep your pet protected is to take them to a vet regularly. Don’t think that just because you don’t live in a wooded and grassy area that your pet can not be effected because ticks can be found in town as well.
Here’s to many more healthy and tick free Woof Wednesdays!