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As a local dog and pet sitter I am cautious with parasites that could attack your dogs and pets.
As you know fleas are a pain in the you know what and could cause serious problems to you and your dogs and pets. But there is another mean parasite we ought to be aware of and must be in the look out at all times: TICKS!
Ticks also feast upon blood in dogs and cats. Ticks are arachnids, like mites and spiders were you aware?
Ticks will bite into your skin and keep going deeper and can transfer many kinds of illness as well.
Apparently there are various varieties of ticks and tend to vary based on where you live, so check with your vet about what is common in your area.
Most ticks will banquet on blood from a host to thrive. They will bury their head into the skin when they bite and keep doing it deeper and deeper. Ticks are usually most active in late spring and summer and live in tall brush or grass, where they can attach to dogs and outdoor cats. They are also famous to live in steer manure which is use to fertilize lawns.
That's why Ticks can be transferred from pets coming into the household from the outdoors. Always check your pets thoroughly frequently. Ticks prefer to attach close to the head, neck, ears and feet, but can be found anywhere on your pet’s body.
Ticks thrive in warm climates and certain wooded areas of the Northeast.
How Could I know if My Pet Has Ticks?
Most ticks are visible to the naked eye. Ticks are often the size of a pinhead before they bite, and not noticed until they swell with blood as they get larger.
While these parasites rarely cause obvious discomfort, it is a good idea to check your pet regularly if you live in an area where ticks are prevalent, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outside.
Run both your hands carefully over your pet every time he comes inside, and especially check inside and around the ears, head and feet.
Complications Connected with Ticks
--> Blood loss
--> Tick paralysis
--> Skin irritation or infection
--> Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection than could affect humans, dogs, cats and other mammals.
Its primary carrier is the deer tick, which can attach to a dog or human and transmit the bacteria that cause the disease.
Clinical signs of Lyme disease include depression, swelling of the lymph nodes, loss of appetite, fever, swollen, painful joints and kidney failure.
Lyme disease is most effectively treated with antibiotics.
With prompt, proper treatment, your pet’s condition should begin to improve within 48 hours.
Cytauxzoonosis is a lethal infection caused by tick bites.
This blood parasite is common in the South and is carried by bobcats.
Ticks who feed on bobcats may transmit the infection to domestic cats, for whom the disease is deadly.
Clinical signs of infection include: high fever, difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, jaundice, coma and death.
The infection progresses rapidly-in a matter of weeks-and there is no known cure, though several studies have proved successful in managing certain strains of the disease.
Tick Treatment and Removal
If you do find a tick on your pet, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your pet or even to you. Prompt removal is necessary, but it is important to stay calm and not rush. Follow these step-by-step tick removal instructions:
Step 1: Prepare
Wear latex or rubber gloves, you don't want to have direct contact with the tick or the infected area. You must dispose of tick carefully and remember that throwing it in the trash or in the toilet won't kill it. Consider putting it in a seal container with rubbing alcohol. This way it could be analyzed by vet. Have someone help you keep pet still.
Step 2: Remove
A pair of tweezer is suggested for the removal since you need a good grip to get them out. Grab it as close to the skin as possible and pull straight up and place inside container. Do not twist or jerk the tick. This may leave the mouth-parts embedded in your pet, or cause the tick to regurgitate infective fluids. Also don't squeeze or crush the body of the tick, because its fluids may contain infective organisms.
Step 3: Disinfect and Monitor
Now you must sterilize and clean up affected areas of the dogs body. Wash your hands with soap thoroughly even if you wear gloves. Sterilize the tweezers used with alcohol and by burning them carefully with flames. In two weeks just check on the affected area for infections. If infection occurs, please bring your pet-and your jarred tick-to your veterinarian for evaluation.
How to prevent for Ticks?
Many of the same products on the market that treat fleas also kill ticks and prevent against future infestation. Speak to your vet about the best product for your pet.
As a safe precaution ensure you mow your lawn often, removing tall weeds and making it inhospitable to rodents by keeping garbage covered and inaccessible.
There you go, should you ever have to deal with a tick, follow the tips above to help the problem | the specific situation | your situation and get it under control immediately.
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