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What They Are: They are small spider-like animals that bite into their hosts to fasten themselves in order to feed on blood. They are fairly common around the warmer months as they thrive in warm weather. They are found on many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.
Where They Thrive: Ticks do best in moist, humid environments. They are typically found in wooded and grassy areas where they drop onto you and your pet and attach themselves to feed. So if you and your pet go hiking, be sure to do a good look-over for them on your pet.
Health Concerns: Ticks are known for transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease-the most common. Ticks are also known to carry more than one disease, which can lead to multiple infections, or coinfection, that can complicate treatment and lead to greater health risks.
Tick Removal: Grasp the tick with fine-tipped tweezers as close as possible to the skins surface. Then, pull upward with even pressure without twisting or jerking as this could cause the head and mouth-parts of the tick to break off and remain embedded in your pet's skin. If they do happen to break off, use the tweezers to remove. If you are unsure if you removed the tick thoroughly/correctly or if you notice swelling or a raised bump, please call to have your pet seen to decrease the risk of infection. Once thoroughly removed, monitor your pet over the next couple of weeks for any abnormalities in your pets behavior.
The best way to ensure that ticks do not attach to your pet while being outdoors is to keep your pet on monthly tick prevention products. PetMed Animal Health Center supplies both topical and oral prevention for dogs and topical only prevention for cats. The products we carry for dogs are Activyl (topical) and Bravecto (oral). Each Activyl dose lasts for a month while Bravecto lasts for 3 months! For cats, we carry Activyl (topical).
Bravecto (dogs only)