Monday, September 30, 2013

Removing A Tick From Your Pet

For some of us, the fall season is a favorite. It's not too hot, the air is crisp, fall foliage peaks and it's all about the apples and pumpkins.  For pet parents, it's also an ideal time for lots of outdoor play, walks and hikes.  You don't have to worry about inclement weather conditions, extreme heat and hot pavement.

There is one thing, however, you need to be on high alert about...ticks.  Huh?  The spring and summer is behind us...and that's tick season, right?

Not exactly. Tick season peaks in the spring and fall.  During the months of October and November adult ticks are fully active with mating season and scrounging around for a few last "feasts" before the winter months.

If your dog (or any other pet) is outdoors for any length of time it's important you check them for ticks. It doesn't matter if your furbaby is out there for 5 minutes or an hour. Check 'em thoroughly in a well lit area at least once a day.

What happens if you find a tick?  If you're not comfortable removing the tick on your own, your veterinarian will be more than happy to assist.  For those who opt to remove ticks at home, there are some crucial things you need to know. 

For step by step instructions, check out How To Remove a Tick from Your Pet at the ASPCA site.

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