Checking your Pet for Ticks

Dogs and cats that spend a lot of time outdoors will be more at risk, but checking your pet carefully on a regular basis will help you prevent a tick infestation from taking root. 

Run your hands over your pets coat to check for any unusual lumps, and check carefully around the head, feet and ears as these are the preferred locations for most ticks. 

What do I do if I spot a Tick?

It is best to remove a tick as soon as you spot it. Treat the area with rubbing alcohol and remove the parasite using a pair of tweezers. Ensure that you remove all parts of the tick as it is possible for parts of it to remain embedded in your pets’ skin which would cause infection. The ticks’ blood could be infected with a number of diseases so avoid getting it on yourself or your pet. 
Ticks are notoriously hard to kill and throwing it away or trying to drown it in the toilet is not always effective. Instead submerge it in a jar of rubbing alcohol to stop it from reattaching to your animal. 

Treatment for Ticks

There are many topical treatments available that both treat fleas and kill ticks whilst protecting against future infestation. Speak to your veterinarian to select the right treatment for your pet.

Prevention is better than cure!

As with most illnesses, prevention is almost certainly better than cure! Although you can speak to your veterinarian about topical treatment to protect against tick infestation, there are a number of things you can do to make your surrounding area a less hospitable environment for ticks too by ensuring that your lawn is mowed regularly and that any tall weeds are removed. 

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