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Check Pets For Ticks

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

As great of a season as Spring is, it's also a nerve wrecking time of the year. Deer movement heightens and deer eat everything. They visit lawns and gardens frequently in search of food; and they drop deer ticks along the way. This is a concern not just for you, the homeowner, but for your dog. 

After outdoor playtime, be sure to check dogs for hidden ticks that may bury themselves in fur. Dogs that may not be acting like themselves may have experienced a tick bite. Look for signs of lethargy and discomfort. Of course, if you notice a tick on your pet, remove the tick as quickly as possible with a tick remover tool and take your dog to the vet for Lyme Disease evaluation.

Lyme Disease is not the only tick disease that is concerning this time of year for pet owners. Dogs can also get Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from American Dog Ticks as well as Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis - just to name a few.

This is why keeping deer away from lawns is so important. If pet owners keep deer away from lawns, then they are reducing the chance of a tick bite on themselves and their pets. Consider installing dog fencing around properties to rid deer and to secure the dog during outdoor playtime. Fencing in dogs allow pups to play while not worrying about wildlife encounters. An investment like this could save your dog's life.

Follow the conversation on @Deerbusters Facebook using hashtag #LymeDiseaseAwareness.