How to Protect Your Pet Against Tick Season

As we strategy the hotter months, many people shall be wanting ahead to spending extra time open air with our pets. While summertime brings many joys, it additionally marks the beginning of tick season, which means now could be the prime time to get your pet protected.

PDSA Vet Nurse, Nina Downing, stated: “Ticks are small parasites which feed on human and animal blood, which means they’ll transmit harmful ailments and nasty infections, comparable to Lyme illness. There are plenty of methods we are able to forestall our pets from getting ticks, and it’s necessary to know what to do if we spot one.

Prevention is vital 

“The greatest technique to keep away from your pet getting ticks is prevention, and it’s important to take additional precautions within the hotter months, between May and September. Ticks are extra widespread in lengthy grass, wooded and moorland areas– particularly the place different animals comparable to deer roam. If ticks are an issue the place you reside, attempt to keep away from letting your pooch discover in these generally affected areas and keep on with paths the place attainable. If your cat goes outdoors, be sure to double verify their fur for indicators of ticks as soon as they return!

“Regularly verify your pet for ticks, particularly after spending time open air – pay shut consideration to between their toes and on their face, round ears and of their groin, armpits and tummy areas. Ticks are tiny after they first connect, earlier than rising considerably after a number of days, so it’s necessary to be thorough as they are often surprisingly arduous to identify and they’re simple to mistake for a lump or pores and skin tag.

What to do in case your pet has ticks  

“I might all the time suggest visiting your vet within the first occasion, as skilled remedy is greatest the place attainable. If you do want to hold out tick elimination at house, then the best methodology is with a particular ‘tick elimination software’, utilizing a rotating movement. It’s necessary to not pull, crush, or squeeze the tick, as this may increasingly lead to a part of the tick being left behind which may improve the chance of illness. If you’re undecided how to do that, converse to your vet, as they are going to be glad to indicate you.

“There are a number of merchandise, together with collars, tablets, and spot-on remedies that can kill ticks, typically earlier than they’ve the possibility to unfold ailments. Some merchandise such because the Seresto Flea and Tick Dog Collar not solely kill ticks, however repel them too, and have a long-lasting impact. Don’t wait till you see a tick – it’s greatest to make use of these remedies yr spherical as prevention. Speak to your vet to search out the correct preventive remedy on your pet, and be sure to are shopping for a good model.

Signs of Lyme illness  

“Not solely are ticks disagreeable, however they may also be harmful if left untreated. Some ticks within the UK carry Lyme illness. Symptoms embrace a excessive temperature, joint ache or swelling, and a scarcity of power – all of which may come and go and should seem a number of weeks or months after the tick chunk. Ticks additionally carry different nasty ailments which are on the rise as a result of growing variety of pets travelling or being imported from overseas. If your pet is displaying signs of Lyme illness, or is in any other case unwell following a tick chunk, contact your vet instantly.

PDSA is the UK’s largest vet charity offering a significant service for pets throughout the UK whose house owners battle to afford remedy prices for his or her sick and injured pets. For many susceptible pets, PDSA is there to assist when there may be nowhere else for his or her house owners to show. Support from gamers of People’s Postcode Lottery helps us attain much more pet house owners with important recommendation and knowledge. www.pdsa.org.uk

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