We are in the peak season for ticks this summer and experts are warning they are seeing an increase in the tiny and potentially harmful bug.
Ticks can cause several diseases if not treated, therefore, prevention is the best treatment.
The CDC says dogs are very susceptible to tick bites. Due to dogs’ fur, ticks can be hard to detect. Experts recommend using a fine tooth comb to brush your pet after they have been outside or if you are looking for ticks.
The easiest places to look first are on the belly, underneath, just because the hair is a little more thin. Looking inside the ears is also a common place for them to get them because there’s less hair.
The most important thing is the monthly flea and tick preventative that you can get ideally from your local veterinarian. Experts say the over the counter products aren’t as effective.
Removing ticks within 24 hours will drastically reduce the risk of getting a tick-born illness.
If the area around the tick becomes red or swollen, contact your vet.