Q: I just found a tick on my puppy? Help! How do I get it off safely and can I catch anything?
A: Springtime is definitely the peak time for Ticks and yes, there are several serious diseases that both you and your pet can suffer from. There are 15 species of ticks in North America but only a few that can affect you or your dog: the American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Deer or Blacklegged tick and Brown Dog Tick. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Anaplasmosis, all serious diseases of people and pets
There are several excellent preventatives for your pets such as Seresto Flea/tick collar, Frontline Plus, Brevecto and Nexguard. Walking through the woods or tall grass is a quick way to have ticks attach to your body or your pet. We recommend vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease if you do any camping, hunting or walking in the woods.
Removing a tick with blunt tweezers or disposable gloves is recommended. If you must use your fingers, shield them with a tissue or paper towel. Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible, reducing the possibility of the head detaching which may increase the chances of infection. Do not twist or jeck the tick but pull straight out. Applying some medicinal alcohol can cause the tick to loosen its grip. Wash your hands after removing the tick and be sure to check all over your pet’s body for additional parasites. Check our website www.jeffersonanimalhospital.com/library for more information about ticks and tick borne diseases.