Ticks 101 and outdoor safety
Now that the weather is getting manageable- let’s talk outdoor safety, especially ticks. What happens when a tick finds your dog? The tick attaches to the dog by inserting their mouthparts into your dog’s skin. Many ticks also produce a sticky gluelike substance that helps them remain attached. After attaching to your dog, ticks begin feeding on your dog’s blood. Look for red and irritated areas, that most likely where a tick is.
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS A PET OWNER?
- Talk to your vet about the best tick prevention products and tickborne disease in the area
- To further reduce the chances that a tick bite will make your dog sick, check them daily for ticks!
- If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away!
- Reduce tick habitat in your yard
Changes in your dog’s appetite and behavior are red flags they may have been exposed to ticks. This can happen 7-21 days from the date of the bite (FYI). The best home remedy is to combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spritz on your dog. Or you can take a look at our store for tick preventable related products by clicking here.
As for outdoor safety, beware of freshly sprayed yards for pesticides prevention and newly grown flowers. Some flowers are highly sensitive for dogs. Spray that prevents weeds from growing can also be harmful. Mainly, stay alert for the tag signs in the grass when walking your pet.