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Keeping Your Pooch Tick-Free

March 26, 2024 2 min read

Keeping Your Pooch Tick-Free

If you're like us, you’ll be looking forward to the spring and summer months and getting outdoors with your pup. But as much as we love this bonding time, there's one tiny creature that can put a dampener on our outdoor adventures over the coming months: ticks! These pesky little critters can latch onto our beloved pets, causing discomfort and potentially transmitting diseases. So, as it is National Tick Prevention Week (25th to 31st March) we thought we would give you a few simple tips and tricks to try and keep your pooches tick-free and let them, and you, enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest.

  1. Stay Clear of Tick Hotspots: Ticks love to hang out in grassy and wooded areas, especially during the warmer months. When you're out for a stroll with your pooch, try to stick to paths and avoid dense vegetation where ticks might be lurking.
  2. Tick-Repellent Treatments: Consider using tick-repellent products recommended by your vet. These can come in various forms such as spot-on treatments, collars, or sprays. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully to keep your pup safe.
  3. Regular Grooming: Make a habit of thoroughly checking your bestie for ticks after every outdoor adventure. Pay close attention to areas like ears, armpits, and between toes where ticks love to hide.
  4. Tick-Proof Your Garden: Keep your outdoor space tidy by regularly mowing the lawn and removing any leaves or tall grass where ticks might hang out.
  5. Tick Checks for Humans Too: Remember, ticks aren't just a nuisance for dogs; they can also latch onto us humans. After spending time outdoors with your pup, do a thorough tick check on yourself as well to ensure everyone stays tick-free.

Sometimes we can't avoid them so it is good to know what to do in such situations…..

  1. Stay Calm: Finding a tick on your pooch can be alarming, but try to stay calm. Panicking won't help the situation and might stress him or her out.
  2. Remove the Tick Safely: Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to your pet's skin as possible. Gently pull straight upward, being careful not to twist or crush the tick. Dispose of it in a sealed container or flush it down the toilet.
  3. Clean the Area: After removing the tick, disinfect the bite area and wash your hands thoroughly. This helps prevent any potential infection.
  4. Monitor for Symptoms: Keep an eye on your pooch for any signs of illness in the weeks following a tick encounter. If you notice symptoms like lethargy, fever, or loss of appetite, don't hesitate to contact your vet.
  5. Get help: As always, if you are at all worried about a tick bite or have trouble removing one then consult your vet.


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