Protect Your Pets From Lyme Disease
Discover The Very Best Way to Protect Your Pets From Ticks
Did you know that the Delaware Valley is one of the epicenters for Lyme disease, the debilitating condition carried by very tiny deer ticks and transmitted to people and animals via a bite? No matter how you slice the numbers, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are among the most affected states in the country. In fact southeastern Pennsylvania is the hardest-hit, with Chester County reporting an especially high number of cases.
Reduce Tick Encounters
Pets are important to your family and protecting them from tick-bites and tick-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease, should be part of your tick bite prevention program. Over 74% of pets living in wooded regions in our area are exposed to infected ticks and are at risk for developing Lyme disease. Not only do you want to keep your pets healthy, but dogs and cats that roam in tick areas can be a risk to your family by bringing ticks to you when you least expect it. There are several steps that, when used together, will greatly reduce tick encounters for your pet and your family.
Lyme Disease Prevention
The best way to prevent your pet from Lyme infection is to minimize the chances of a tick bite. Experts recommend following these 10 steps to minimize your pets’ risk of exposure to these small parasites:
- Keep Your Pet Healthy: Ticks are more likely to attach themselves to pets with low immune systems or dirty fur.
- Consider Vaccinating Your Pet: Vaccines are available that can help prevent Lyme disease-causing bacteria. This method can lower your pet’s risk of contracting Lyme disease.
- Purchase A Tick Collar: When purchasing a tick collar make sure to purchase the correct medication specific to your pet (i.e., if you put a dog collar on a cat – they cat will have seizures) and it’s associated size and weight. And, make sure to put it on your pet properly.
- Keep Your Lawn Clean: Ticks live and breed it cold shaded areas. So by keeping your lawn clean you’ll lower the chance of a breeding tick population.
- Keep Your Pets Indoors As Much As Possible: One of the best ways to combat ticks is to limit exposure. So avoid letting your pet roam outside for long periods of time.
- Use Spot On Or Oral Medications: When applying these medications do this carefully to control and kill ticks.
- Bathe Your Pet With A Medicated Shampoo: Medicated shampoos can work wonders for your pets and will cause ticks to have an instant reaction when they come in contact with it.
- Catch Ticks Before They Have A Chance To Attach: After outdoor play examine your pets for ticks. Additionally, grooming them after a walk outside through the woods or trails is great too. This is a simple step that can make a huge difference, but it is often overlooked. If you should find a tick, remove it with tweezers, do not attempt to remove it with bare hands, and clean the wound thoroughly.
- Contact A Pest Specialist About Pet Safe Pesticides: Always consult with a local professional such as your veterinarian before using any type of treatment.
- Treat Your Pet With A Tick Dip: Use caution when diluting the dip and applying it to your pet’s fur. Keep in mind that dips are not safe for pets under 4 months of age or for pregnant / nursing pets.
Unfortunately, tick-borne diseases are here to stay. Checking your pet’s externally for ticks and having his blood checked regularly for internal, silent infections is the very best approach to keeping your pet safe from these potentially devastating diseases.
Please make sure to consult with a veterinary doctor before attempting to administer any of the safety tips listed above.
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