September is Tick Season
September is the start of the fall season, cool, crisp air, apples, back to school and… ticks. Ticks are blood sucking parasites that have a particular preference for dogs. And September is the peak season for these pests.
Not only is a tick a parasite, they can carry diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which can be fatal to both pets and humans. Not all ticks carry these pathogens, but if you dog is has fever, lethargy, loss of appetite or joint pain after a tick bite take them to your veterinarian at once.
Always check for ticks. Mypet.com recommends the following steps:
Put on a pair of latex gloves. Taking this precaution helps protect you from illness.
Feel for small bumps and ridges all over your pet's coat. Ticks are small, round, and smooth and most species have a hard exterior.
Examine the crevices between skin folds, especially under the arms and legs of your pet. Also, don't forget the areas in and around their ears!
Pull back the fur around a suspicious area to inspect.
If you find a tick, use sharp pointed tweezers and grasp the tick as close to its mouth as possible, avoiding squeezing. Pull straight out and put the tick in a jar so you can take it to the vet. See your vet if you have any difficulties.
The best way to avoid a tick is to visit Nature's Pet Market and pick up a product specifically formulated to repel them. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.
Nature's Pet Market
901 S.W. Highland Drive, Suite P
Gresham OR. 97080