How to preserve your dog from ticks
Spring has brought the long-awaited warm days when it is so nice to walk with your dog in the parks, go out in the countryside or even in a forest. But before going for a walk your dog needs to be protected from possible dangers so that the pleasant time is not spoiled. After all, the spring months bring more than just warmth: the ticks, which are the headaches of all dog owners, wake up and become active.
It’s important to understand that you don’t have to go into the woods to meet a dangerous parasite, as many people think. Your pet may even catch a tick in the yard of your home or the nearest park, in other words wherever there are tall grass, bushes, and trees.
Ticks are very dangerous parasites for both dogs and humans as they are vectors of various diseases. But while the main threat for humans is encephalitis, for dogs it is piroplasmosis, a blood parasite disease.
Of course, not all ticks carry diseases, but it’s impossible to guess whether a particular tick is ‘healthy’ or carries a disease without special expertise.
Protecting a dog from ticks
It’s better to protect your dog from a tick bite than to work with its consequences. Luckily, the modern pet industry offers a variety of special sprays, drops on the withers, and collars to protect dogs from tick bites. Also, special vaccinations are given to dogs to create immunity against piroplasmosis and their effectiveness is 80%.
But using special drugs is not a panacea. It doesn’t guarantee 100% effectiveness, and many ticks have adapted to the harmful substances. So after each walk, your dog’s coat and skin need to be thoroughly inspected. Particular attention should be paid to the areas of his head, neck, abdomen, and groin, where ticks are most commonly spotted.
Inspecting your dog after walking is very important because if a tick is detected and removed in the first 24 hours after a bite, no potential infection will occur.
The important thing is not to panic if a tick does bite your dog. Assess the situation and, if possible, visit the vet clinic to have a specialist examine your dog and remove the parasites by all means.
If you remove the parasite yourself, keep your dog’s condition and temperature under close observation for several days. In the event of any ailments (lethargy, refusal to eat, diarrhea, temperature rise above 39.5 ˚ C, etc.), contact your vet immediately to start treatment as soon as possible. Don’t try to treat your dog yourself or delay a visit to the vet under any circumstances as the health of your dog depends on your speed and responsibility.
Take care of your pets, treat them for parasites, and remember to have regular checkups.
Enjoy nature and warmth with your pet on walks!
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