Ticks are not only a nuisance, they can transmit diseases which can seriously harm your dog. Depending on your location, your dog could be subject to ticks year round, or at minimum three seasons of the year.
The four species of ticks and their active seasons are:
- Brown Dog Tick – active all year
- American Dog Tick, Deer Tick, Lone Star Tick – only present in spring, summer and fall
To keep your dog healthy and safe from tick-transmitted diseases, prevention is key. You must be aware of the environments where ticks can be found: on your dog, inside your home, and outdoors. Products like K9 Advantix II and Frontline Plus are topical treatments for preventing ticks from attaching to your dog. An indoor spray or fogger is a good option for treating your house—it will keep ticks and fleas away for up to 7 months. For treating the outdoor areas of your home, there are sprays you can attach to your water hose that will kill fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other insects.
If a tick ends up on your dog, removal is quick and easy with a product called Tick Key. It’s the only tick removal device that uses natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, including the head. Tick Key is 99.9% effective on the safe removal of ticks from dogs as well as people.
Here are some other tips for removing ticks:
- Don’t remove ticks with your fingers. The tick will most likely be carrying pathogens to diseases which are dangerous to pets and humans. Avoid getting tick saliva or blood on any parts of your skin.
- Don’t squeeze, crush or squash a tick. Doing so can get the tick’s bodily fluids on the host.
- Don’t attempt a “home remedy”. Using petroleum jelly or other substances in an attempt to smother the tick will be unsuccessful, as the tick can live without air for long periods of time. Using a lighter, fingernail polish remover or other repellents to try to force the tick to remove itself will also not work. In fact, it could cause the tick to vomit onto its host, which could end up transmitting the diseases you were trying to avoid.