EIGHT TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR DOG FREE FROM TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Ticks are such annoying little creatures, but far more significant than the nuisance factor is their ability to spread disease. Ticks that embed in a dog’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening infectious diseases including:

Another problem ticks can cause is a rare neurological condition called “tick paralysis.” Lastly, ticks can produceinflammation and bacterial infection right at the site of the bite.

Prevention strategies
Prevention is the golden rule when it comes to keeping your dog free from tick-borne diseases. Here are eight tried and true tips to accomplish this:

1. Learn which season is “tick season”

While ticks are prevalent throughout North America, and year-round tick prevention is recommended, the time of year they are most problematic varies from region to region. Ask your veterinarian when tick season occurs in your neck of the woods. This will be the time of year to be most vigilant with tick control measures.