You’ve probably noticed that ticks have became an ongoing problem in recent years. There are over 200 types of ticks, several of which can be found in Canada. This is concerning, as ticks can carry diseases that affect both people and pets. With summer around the corner, this is a good time to be proactive when it comes to keeping your furry friend happy, healthy, and tick-free. In this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, a Newmarket, ON vet offers some advice on protecting your pet from ticks.
The most important thing you can do is keep up with your furry friend’s parasite control regimen. There are many different options to choose from these days, so talk to your vet about what would work best for you and your pet.
Property maintenance can be more effective than many people realize. Keeping your lawn mowed will help quite a bit, as ticks prefer long grasses. Also, remove debris, such as dead branches, regularly. Don’t keep landscaping refuse, such as grass clippings and leaf litter, in piles: that just creates habitats. It’s also important to stay on top of removing trash, old furniture, or anything else that may be accumulating. If you stack wood, keep it in neat piles. Last but not least, trim back shrubs and tall plants, and make sure they aren’t touching the sides of your home.
At this time of year, we all need to be diligent about checking not just our pets, but also ourselves. Whenever you bring Fido back from a walk or hike through fields or woods, check him over carefully. Don’t forget to look between his toes, and beneath his collar. If you find one, use a tick remover or tweezers to carefully remove it.
Fencing can be very helpful here. Fences can keep out animals that carry ticks, such as deer and raccoons. If you have outdoor playsets for kids, keep these in the center of the yard, away from overgrown areas, woodlines, and/or trees. This applies to Fido’s doghouse as well. Another thing that can help is putting in a 3 foot barrier path of gravel or wood chips. Ticks hate being exposed, and often turn away from these.
Does your pet need parasite control products? Contact Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON pet clinic, today!