Tick Prevention for Dogs Starts in Early Spring
You don’t need to worry about ticks in the spring, right? Wrong!
According to a study from Cornell University, it’s the fall and early spring months that pose the most danger to dogs when it comes to ticks. The reason may be because pet owners often aren’t thinking of ticks this early in the year but just as the buds unfurl, the ticks are hatching.
April is Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month. You probably know, ticks can infect your pet with Lyme disease and make him or her very ill. Fever, headache and even potential arthritis are all associated with the bacteria causing Lyme disease. So what’s a pet lover to do?
Here are 5 Ways to Protect Your Pet From Ticks
1— Get vaccinated – A Lyme disease vaccination is often part of the puppy shots. If you have an adult dog and you don’t know if he or she received the vaccination, your vet can run a test for antibodies to check.
2-Prescription flea and tick medications—These monthly chemical applications are usually prescribed by your vet. Pet parents concerned about limiting their pet’s exposure to these harsh chemicals can talk with their vet for alternatives.
3—Make up a natural tick repellant—1/4 Dawn dish soap, 1/3 Apple Cider Vinegar, 12-15 drops citronella oil plus1/3 water. Fill a spray bottle, shake and spray your pet down before going outside.
4—Dog boots/socks – Ticks love to attach themselves on furry feet and ankles. You can prevent this with a good foot covering. Bonus, they’ll also protect your dog’s paws from steamy hot sidewalks this summer.
5—Grooming—After walks it’s a good idea to brush your pet all over and check for ticks between the toes and behind the ears. If you can catch them before they latch onto your pet’s skin, they’re much easier to get rid of. If your dog walks or runs in high grass or a wooded area, you’ll want to take extra precautions and go thorough check with a tick comb.
Don’t wait until summer. Tick season is here. Start taking precautions now to protect your pet. What are your favorite tick prevention for dogs strategies? We’d love to hear in the comments below.