Ticks In Springtime
March is not only the start of spring; but also the start of tick season. Many individuals have heard of ticks and tick diseases, such as Lyme Disease, but they may not know that pets are susceptible to these types of vector diseases.
Ticks are common on wild animals such as white-tailed deer, coyotes, and small rodents; but they are also passed on from domestic animals; feral cats; stray dogs and even humans.
Homeowners need to be aware of ticks this coming spring season; and keep wildlife away from pets. Not only are wildlife attacking pets, but they are spreading ticks with tick diseases. For prevention, homeowners should consider installing pet fencing to separate wildlife from domestic animals. This simple action will allow pets to play without interfacing with wild animals. However, it's important for pet owners also to check pets for ticks after outdoor playtime.
Check these top spots for ticks on dogs:
- Between toes
- In the groin area
- Underneath dog collars/clothes
- Under the tail
- In and around the ears
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- Jenn Smith