Even if you regularly apply treatments to your pets, if you spend time outdoors, make sure to physically check your pet for fleas and ticks when you get home.
Typical places where ticks can hide are in the neck, ear, paw, and inner thigh areas. If you do find a tick, make sure you remove the entire tick – head and all – eliminating it well afterwards. We recommend doing this with the use of a tick hook, or by making a trip to see us at the practice.
If you find a tick and you are in an area known to have a risk for Lyme disease, take a good photograph of the tick beforehand, so your vet can identify whether or not it is a dangerous type (such as the deer tick, which carries Lyme disease).
Be sure to groom your pet regularly, combing or brushing gently and ‘lifting fur’ to look for ticks and fleas, as well as any redness, ‘hot spots’, or missing areas of fur.
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