Keep Dogs Tick-Free
As you might already be aware of, May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. According to LymeDisease.org, it’s “a chance for Lyme patients, activists and educators to spread information on how to prevent Lyme and tick-borne diseases.” While there is a growing awareness around humans contracting this disease, many people don’t know that dogs can get it too.
If you’re a dog owner, this guide is a must-read. It will give you a rundown of easy-to-follow tips for keeping your dog tick-free.
Install a Dog Fence in Your Yard
One of the most effective ways of preventing ticks from attacking your dog is to install a fence. If you’re wondering how on earth a fence can help, it’s quite straightforward, actually. A dog fence can help keep ticks where they belong; outside and not on your dog! Fences help to minimize the risk of your dog getting ticks because they limit the parameters within where you dog can go.
As ticks absolutely love backyards and grassland areas under leaves, the less exposure your dog has to tick-infested areas, the better. Installing a dog fence is not only a smart way to prevent ticks, but also a great one for stopping your dog from running away.
Be Aware That Other Animals Can Pass Ticks On
When it comes to preventing your dog from getting ticks, education is key. Angela Stringfellow from Cat Life Today says that developing your knowledge about ticks is one of the best weapons you can have in your arsenal.
“Many dog owners are completely in the dark about the fact that other animals can pass ticks on to your dog,” she says. “For example, a cat who has ticks may pass it on to your dog, and you’d be none the wiser until you find it.” By building your knowledge about all of the ways your dog may get ticks, you’ll be able to be more vigilant and skilled in your efforts to protect them.
Inspect Your Belongings and Furniture
It’s not just other animals you need to be wary of, your belongings and furniture could also be harboring ticks or tick eggs. As Healthline points out, tick infestations can occur if just one tick is brought into your home. Ticks can lay eggs around your house and in other areas and items they make their way to.
If you suspect a tick infestation in your home or you’ve just returned from a tick-friendly area or hike, be sure to check your belongings and furniture thoroughly for any signs of ticks. And don’t forget to give the inside of your car a good check over! It’s especially important to check over the areas your dog had contact with. For example, given if your dog was sitting in their trusty dog car seat, there’s a chance it may have ticks hiding in it.
Always Have a Tick Removal Tool Handy
Being prepared to immediately respond to finding a tick on your dog will go a long way in helping them recover quickly. Removing a tick is easy, so long as you have the right tools handy. Namely, you’ll need some rubbing alcohol or soap, a container to put the tick in, and a tick removal tool.
Our tick removal tool is 99.9% effective in removing a tick after a tick bite. It can easily be attached to your key ring, so you can have peace of mind that you’ll be completely prepared if the time comes to remove a tick from your dog. Don’t be tempted to remove a tick with your fingers. Doing so is risky as there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to remove the tick properly. Stick to a proper tick removal tool for best results.
Jenny Jarvis is a frequent contributing author for Pet Life Today. She’s originally from Central Ohio but has lived all over the world with her family, including Texas, Florida and Germany, among other places. She’s taken her two fur babies (and human ones, too) with her along the way and currently calls Eastern PA home. Jenny has been writing on all things pets (mostly focused on dogs) since 2015 and hopes to continue honing her expertise for many years to come.
Why Foster a Dog?
Becoming a foster parent for a dog is a wonderful thing and gives dogs a chance to live inside a home with a welcoming family. Fostering dogs can last for several weeks and will require patience, support and care.
It will be a change for both pets and foster care parents who will start off unsure of each other - be patient with one another. Understand that the dog is being placed in an unknown environment and may lash out or not be properly trained. It will be wise to placed dogs behind a sturdy dog fence - in case they escape. This will help train the dogs to stay without the property line and will be convenient for outside playtime.
Fostering dogs will require regular visits to the foster care coordinator for placement of the dog in a permanent home. In the meantime, enjoy the time with dogs that are in-need and provide them with healthy food, love and plenty of toys!
Fence For Active Dogs
No matter the type of dog, dogs need space to run and play. Dogs are not meant to sit and walk a small perimeter, which is why pet fencing is a must for pet owners.
Dogs need a healthy way to burn off energy and having the space to run free gives them the opportunity to explore new terrain while socializing with other animals and bonding with owners. Pet fencing doesn't just protect animals from the inside, but keeps them away from wildlife that can potentially hurt them. It's in the news every day: Coyote attacks dog. Or, stray cat scratches dog. This can be prevented by getting a pet fence that blocks attempts from wild animals.
Dogs that have a low-key temperament can be surrounded by a plastic dog fence. Don't let plastic fences for dogs fool you. These are durable and sturdy fences that can last 10-15 years. For more rambunctious dogs that chew and dig, PVC-coated metal pet fencing will help secure dogs inside the perimeter. The PVC-coating protects the steel fence from chew marks made by the dog and will last 20-30 years.
Whichever option pet owners choose for their dogs, it's great to know that the pets are surrounded by a humane pet fence that can become part of the family for many years to come.
Dog Trainers Need Fence
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers designates January to be National Train Your Dog Month, a time for new dogs to learn the basic commands that are sought by dog owners.
Training dogs at a young age helps dogs achieve animal wellness and will serve them well in the future. For starters, trained dogs appear smarter than non-trained dogs. Whether or not this is the case, trained dogs make dog owners happy knowing that their pets are listening and obeying.
Training dogs stimulate their minds and help keep dogs healthy. Dog learning can be achieved through a variety of outdoor dog games and other teaching techniques that dog trainers can implement. Letting dogs roam around a backyard will teach them about their new surroundings; where to use [and not use] the bathroom; and will teach them basic dog commands.
Fencing in dogs is the best method for training a new dog. A dog fence allows a dog to stay within a safe environment and will teach the dog to stay within the perimeters of a home.
Certified dog training professionals looking for dog fencing for their dog training facilities can contact EasyPetFence.com for help.
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Best Outdoor Dog Breeds
Not all dogs are created equally. Some dog breeds hear better, others see better; and some are fluffier and can withstand cooler temperatures. If you are an outdoor enthusiasts who enjoys long strolls outdoors, camping trips, hiking mountains and other active outdoor activities, then consider these outdoor dogs for your next pet:
- Alaskan Malamute
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Australian Shepherd
- Belgian Sheepdog
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- German Shepherd Dog
- Great Pyrenees
- Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
- Old English Sheepdog
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Siberian Husky
These 'sled dogs' are great for active individuals. If you plan to keep your dog outside for hours at a time, consider a dog fence to allow the dog to roam freely, get exercise and socialize with domestic animals. However, if you are a pet owner who lives in Pennsylvania, you should familiarize yourself with a new PA pet law for outdoor dogs.
Message For PA ResidentsPennsylvania becomes the first state to prohibit tethered dogs in the cold. The new Pennsylvania law for pet owners states that dogs cannot remain outside for more than 30 minutes in below freezing temperatures (32 degrees or below). "
Violators could face up to 90 days in jail, a $300 fine, or both, for a summary offense filed by a dog warden, animal cruelty officer or police. If the offense places the dog at risk of injury, violators could face up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine, or both, for a second- or third-degree misdemeanor." ("Pennsylvania now outlaws tethering dogs too long in the cold," Reading Eagle)
The previous pet law stated that dog owners had to provide a shelter, such as a dog house, for the dogs to stay warm; but the new law is pretty strict.
Dog owners should consider installing a dog fence instead of tethering their dogs for a few reasons:
1) Dog leashes do not offer a wide reach. Dog fences can be as big as the property allows.
2) Tethering dogs is uncomfortable; and can choke the dog if tugged.
3) Tethered dogs cannot play as free-roaming dogs.
Consider these factors when thinking about the new pet law for dog owners.