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5 Ways to Keep Ticks Away

It’s summertime, and the fleas and ticks are out in full force. Ticks were once fairly rare here, but they have, unfortunately for us, decided that they quite like the north. These disgusting parasites are dangerous to both people and pets. They can carry some very dangerous diseases, such as Lyme disease. However, there are some things you can do to keep these unwanted parasites away. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet discusses tick prevention.

Parasite Control Products

Make sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control products. There are quite a few different products to choose from, such as collars, sprays, and topical drops. Never double up on these products, though, as this can expose your pet to unsafe levels of pesticides. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Borders

Did you know that planting a three-foot border around your property can help keep ticks out? Ticks don’t like to be exposed to sunlight, so they will often turn back from these boundaries.

Landscaping

Keeping your land neat and clean will also help turn ticks back. Ticks love to hide in long grasses, so be sure to mow your lawn regularly. Piles of debris, such as fallen branches and dead leaves, can also make tempting hiding spots for these unwanted guests, as can shaded, messy woodpiles. If you have hedges in front of your house, keep them trimmed so the branches don’t touch your walls. Trimming back overhanging trees can also help.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is safe for people and pets, but it will kill ticks. Sprinkle some on your doorjamb and window frames, as well as along your baseboards.

Tick Checks

Check your pet regularly for ticks. If you have a dog, give Fido a thorough doggy inspection after he has been out in wild or wooded areas.

Tips

If you do find a tick, use tweezers or a tick puller to remove it. Be sure to get the whole thing! If there are broken pieces left in your pet’s skin, they could cause infections. You may want to take a photo of the little monster. That way, if your furry pal does develop symptoms, you’ll be able to identify the tick.

Please contact us here at Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON pet hospital, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re always happy to help!

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