Terrible Ticks

Ticks are parasites that latch onto other animals with their mouth, to feed on the blood of a host - such as your family pet! Although ticks are small, the consequences of a tick infection can be terrible for your pet. Discover what you can do to protect your pet from terrible ticks.

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Check your Pet for Ticks

Tick activity increases during warm weather; so the team at CanadaVet.com recommend checking your family pets for ticks, daily during spring: Run your hands over your pet's body to feel for bumps. If you feel a bump, part your pet's fur to examine the area closely. Ticks are dark brown or black in colour. These parasites vary in size and occasionally their eight legs may be visible. While there are over 800 species of ticks; there are four terrible types commonly found in America that pet owners should watch out for.

Ticks to Watch Out For

1. Brown Dog Tick

The brown dog tick is typically found in warmer climates, throughout Florida. It's small and red-brown in colour. This tick has the capacity to spend its entire life cycle indoors, which means infestations are possible. They cause skin irritation, lameness and fever, particularly in dogs.

2. American Dog Tick

As its name suggests, the American dog tick is found throughout the U.S.A as well as some regions of Canada and Mexico. It infests mammals large and small, including people. This tick transmits the bacteria that causes Hunter's disease and is the major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

3. Spotted Deer Tick

This tick is the prime transmitter of Lyme disease throughout the U.S.A. If detected early there is a chance the disease will not have been transmitted. If symptoms such as a rash, fever, fatigue, chills or joint pains occur, then you should immediately seek professional advice.

4. Lone Star Tick

This aggressive tick is found throughout the south-eastern and south-central states in the U.S.A. It is connected with the transmission of Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI). Males have spots and white streaks on the edge of their body; whereas females have a single white spot.

Remove Ticks Quick

It is important to remove not only the visible body of a tick but the head of the parasite, where it has latched onto your pet's skin, as well. Otherwise, infection may occur. Using tweezers promptly pull the tick out of your pet's skin. Ensure you don't crush the tick during the removal process; because this could potentially spread bacteria or disease. Treat the area surrounding the tick bite with a disinfectant. CanadaVet.com recommends pet owners seek the advice of their local veterinarian if symptoms become apparent.

Tick Control Products

Fortunately, there are a variety of tick preventative products available, to protect your pets from these terrible ticks:

Spot-on treatments such as Frontline Plus, Revolution and K9 Advantix can be applied to your pet's coat monthly to prevent ticks.

Tick collars, such as the Preventic Tick Collar and Kiltix Tick Collar can be fitted to your dog's neck, just like an ordinary collar, to control ticks.

Permoxin is a permethrin based insecticidal spray and rinse, which can be sprayed, dipped or applied to your dog's coat.