Warmer spring weather is upon us, and with it comes more time spent outside and longer dog walks. Unfortunately, this also means an increased risk of tick bites. According to experts in a recent article in the New York Times, the tick populations aren’t necessarily exploding, but with people spending more time outside paired with ticks being more active is a combination for more tick bites.
Many owners think that ticks are only found in heavily wooded areas and tall grass, but unfortunately this is not the case. Ticks can find your unsuspecting pooch anywhere, including the sidewalk just outside your house.
Not only are tick bites painful and uncomfortable for your pet, but they also pose the risk of Lyme disease. If bitten by a Lyme-infected tick, your pet will experience symptoms of joint lameness as well as appetite loss and depression. If the condition becomes more serious, it can cause damage to the kidneys and nervous system.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent serious complications with Lyme disease. Keep your furry friends healthy by administering a monthly tick preventive medication and testing them annually for Lyme disease. If a tick is found on your pet’s body, be sure to remove it with tweezers and disinfect the area. The tick must be attached to your pet for about 48 hours before the disease becomes transmitted, so it is possible to catch them before it’s too late!
If you suspect your pet may have been exposed to Lyme disease, be sure to take them to your veterinarian immediately. With the proper tools and preventives, your pet can enjoy a tick-free spring and summer!