Ticks are members of the arachnid or spider family. Ticks live in cracks and crevices in the home or outside in vegetation, such as grassy meadows, woods, brush, and weeds. They cannot fly or jump, but they have a way of finding a host. Oftentimes, they will wait in wooded or grassed areas and attach themselves to any living creature that brushes them.
Some tick bites only cause mild irritation or swelling at the site, however other tick bites can infect your pet with serious illnesses. The most common of tick-borne illnesses are Lymes disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, ehrlichiosis (a bacterial infection), and babesiosis (a blood disorder). If left untreated these diseases can lead to more severe health problems or be fatal.
We offer two types of external parasite preventative. An oral anti-parasitic called Nexgard (Afoxolaner) kills the American dog tick, the black-legged (Deer) tick and the Lone Star tick. This medication comes in a flavorful easy to give chew and lasts one month. A topical anti-parasitic like Frontline (fipronil), is applied between your pet’s shoulder blades, monthly and water proof, so it won’t wash off during swimming or baths. Frontline is labeled for use in the prevention of Deer ticks (the type of ticks that carry Lymes disease), Brown Dog ticks, American Dog Tick, and the Lone Star Tick.
If you see a tick on your pet, do not try and burn it off with a match. This does not work and could harm your pet. You can call us at Detroit Dover Animal Hospital and one of our trained professionals can remove the tick for you. If you are unable to bring your pet into the hospital, a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol swabbed around the tick may help to loosen its grip. Use tweezers to grab the tick as close to the head as possible and slowly pull it out. Use care because if the head of the tick is left in your pet’s skin infection car occur. Place the tick in a container filled with alcohol for disposal.
Please visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council for a map of what parasites your pet may be in contact with. The Companion Animal Parasite Council is a non-profit, independent group of experts that includes veterinarians and veterinary parasitologists.
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