Bridgeview Animal Hospital thinks Spring is a wonderful time. Flowers start blooming and the grass starts growing. The weather warms up and everyone is anxious to be outside. However, with spring comes ticks, which can be quite a bother for our animals and us.
Ticks themselves don’t cause much trouble even though they are blood suckers. Unless your dog is allergic to a bite, they don’t make anyone sick just with their bite. If your dog is allergic to tick bites, they can have a lot of trouble moving around. Some dogs become almost paralyzed until the tick is removed!
The worst part of ticks is that they carry diseases. The most common disease that they carry is Lyme Disease which can be quite painful for both animals and their owners. They also carry a lot of other diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, and much more. All of these diseases can be quite harmful to animals and humans. Some diseases are even deadly if not caught in time.
Ticks are everywhere, no matter where you live. They like to hide in brush, tall grass, and other areas where the land is allowed to grow. Keeping after your yard will help with ticks. Make sure that you mow your yard regularly and keep after any brush and tall grass around your home.
Another way to try to prevent ticks is to give your pet monthly flea and tick treatments. These are quite helpful at preventing tick bites, saving you too since your pets will not be carrying them in your home!
Ticks can be quite annoying and a pain. However, they can be kept at bay if you keep after your yard and use monthly flea and tick treatments. Be sure to contact us to get your pet started on preventative for fleas and ticks.