Tick season is here, which means it’s important to be vigilant about preventing Lyme disease in your pets. While the condition is treatable via antibiotics, the best cure is a healthy dose of prevention. That’s because Lyme disease never fully leaves the system. You can purchase tick-repelling products for your pets—with the guidance of a veterinarian—but one simple, free step you can take is to check your pets for ticks.
No matter the season, you need a holistic veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ to provide the expertise and care your pet needs. Let’s take a look at the leading tips vets have on how to prevent Lyme disease:
- Frequency: It’s important to regularly go over your dog’s or cat’s body so that you can brush off ticks before they’re able to sink their teeth into the skin. This is crucial to do every time your pet has been outside. Then, check them again at least daily to see if they have any ticks or bites.
- Method: Simply run your fingers through the pet’s fur, making contact with the skin, to see if there are any small bumps. Do a thorough check across the body to ensure that you’re not missing anything.
- Where they tend to go: Ticks are often sitting on tall leaves of grass or shrubs. This is where they stay, waiting for an animal to pass by that they can attach to. Ticks tend to hide out in nooks and crannies, so be sure to check inside and outside the ears, by the eyelids, under the collar, under the legs, between the toes and near the tail. Because some of these areas may be less easily visible—like under the ears, for example—ticks can burrow into the dog or cat and not be noticed for a long time.
- What if you find a tick: If you find a tick on your dog or cat that isn’t attached, you can simply brush it off and kill it. But if it’s got those claw-like teeth dug into your pet’s skin, then you need to remove it. A pair of tweezers usually does the trick. Fine-point tweezers are the best choice because you’re less likely to break the tick open and spread any infections. Make sure to get the tweezers as close to the dog’s or cat’s body as possible, then pull straight up in a slow and steady fashion.
Whenever your pet is in need of a holistic veterinarian in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, we’re here to help. At Newkirk Family Veterinarians, we believe that pets and pet owners should always be able to expect a high standard of care.
We’ve been offering a wide range of vet services, chiropractic services for pets and horses and holistic and alternative health options for your furry friends for more than three decades. Give us a call today to learn more about our services and schedule your first appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your pet soon!