Ticks hide easily in our pets’ fur, so they love to latch on to our furry friends. But tick bites are more than just unpleasant; they’re dangerous, too. Ticks can pass along nasty diseases like ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Oral and topical tick prevention medications are the best protection against ticks and the diseases they transmit. These additional, proactive steps can help keep your pet safe from pesky bloodsuckers during tick season:
- Keep your grass short. When you mow the lawn, don’t leave grass and leaf debris out for long periods of time.
- Stay on trails. If you’re out on a walk in a wooded area, stay on the groomed trail, and check yourself and your pet thoroughly as soon as you get home.
- Check for ticks daily. Even if your pet is outside for just a few minutes each day, you still need to check him for ticks daily. Don’t forget to check between his toes and in his ears. Also, ticks can move from host to host, so check every person who lives in your house regularly, too. A tick could hitch a ride on you and move to your pet or vice versa.