Last week we reluctantly welcomed the heat and discussed some common concerns of pet owners. This week I would continue that discussion!
3. I found a tick on my pet!
Starting as early as March, ticks are prevalent and latching on to any host they can, including our pets. Without proper, effective preventatives, ticks can feed on our pets and in turn transmit potentially fatal diseases to our pets. Effective and safe preventatives are the best way to manage ticks and their diseases, but if you find a tick attached to your pet you can grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible and apply gentle, constant pressure until the tick is removed. You do NOT want to rip a tick off quickly or twist because you might leave irritating pieces of the tick in your pet’s skin. Do NOT burn the tick, apply any oils or topical products. Irritating the tick will cause it to burrow deeper and inject more saliva, that can carry disease, into your pet.
4. My pet is suddenly very itchy, has a red belly, licks her feet and/or shake his head a lot.
Seasonal allergies and parasites are the most common reasons pets become suddenly itchy. Parasites, such as fleas or mites (not visible to the naked eye), can make your pet very itchy. Exposure to allergens, especially at this time of year, can lead to irritated skin, itchy ears and itchy toes. Some pets experience allergy signs were suddenly when allergens are prevalent and are otherwise comfortable all year and other pets struggle with allergy signs every day. Itching typically leads to skin infection, which perpetuates the issue. Consult your veterinarian if your pet starts scratching!
Stay tuned for more summer fun facts and tips for your pets.