As it’s summer in the U.S., many pet owners are becoming increasingly concerned about the risks associated with pests on pets. One pest that can be particularly dangerous not only for pets but also their owners is ticks. Ticks are prevalent during the summer, and they can latch on to dogs and cats, and then be carried into a home.
One of the biggest health risks associated with tick bites is Lyme Disease, and more is being learned about the disease and its potential chronic effects through recent lab research and tests on animals in a scientific setting. It was previously believed Lyme Disease could be treated with antibiotics, but researchers are now starting to emphasize the concept that chronic effects are possible, including neurological difficulties.
With more being learned about Lyme Disease and the potential dangers of tick bites, it’s an important time to take steps to protect pets and your family from these harmful pests.
- Yard Treatments
An excellent way to protect your pets and your entire family from possible tick bites and exposure is to treat your yard. Contact a professional pest control company to discuss options that will be safe, but can help you avoid having pets in your yard. This is a particularly good idea if your dog or cat spends a lot of unattended time outdoors. Potential treatments may include various perimeter sprays and granules.
- Avoid Attracting Wildlife
Your lawn and subsequently your pets are often exposed to ticks when deer and other wildlife bring them there. There is deer fencing that is available to prevent animals from entering your lawn, and you can also introduce certain plants that will repel deer and wildlife. Birdfeeders can also attract deer and other wildlife that may be carriers of ticks, so you may want to remove them.
- Medical Treatments
There are both ingestible and topical treatments that can help prevent ticks and other pests including fleas from latching onto your pet. Speak with your veterinarian about the best possible options. Some of these treatments may be administered as dust, collars, creams, sprays or pills.
- Maintain Your Lawn
You may not be able to control the park or other areas where you take your pet, but you can do your part to reduce tick exposure for your pets by keeping your lawn trimmed and maintained. Many pests and also the animals that carry them prefer tall grass and foliage, so the more you can trim the areas surrounding your home, the more you can reduce the likelihood of ticks being present.
- Always Check Pets After They’re Outside
Every time your dog or cat is outdoors it’s a good idea to check for ticks before going back inside. Remember to check inside legs and crevices where ticks prefer to hide. The faster you can spot a tick and remove it, the better for your pet and everyone in your family.
These are just a few of the simplest ways you can safeguard the health of your pet and everyone who lives in your home from the potentially hazardous impact of tick bites.