Hewitt Veterinary Hospital recommends keeping a close eye out for ticks on your pets. Ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted fever and Ehrlichia to name a few.
Tick populations are on the rise due to the increase of the deer and other wildlife populations. Also due to the warm winter ticks are already out and about in central Texas. Here is some information to better protect your pets from this dangerous predator.
Know what a tick looks like and remove them from your pet and soon as you see one.
Ticks can range in size depending on what stage of the life cycle they are in.
Once they have fed on your pet they enlarge and can look like a pea attached to your pet. No matter what stage it is important to remove the tick as soon as possible. Using tweezers grasp the head and gently pull upwards. Do not crush the tick when removing. Do not apply anything to the tick (Vaseline etc) ortry to burn the tick off your pet. If unsure bring pet to hospital for tick removal.
Prevent Ticks in Your Yard
Applying an acaricide (pesticide for ticks) can help prevent ticks in your yard, only small amounts at the correct time of year are necessary. Contact local agricultural officials about the best time in our area. There are also some landscaping tips that can decrease tick population.
Remove leaf litter
Clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns
Mow lawn frequently
Place 3 foot wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration
Know the life Cycle
Ticks are not usually born carrying disease; they become a carrier by feeding on wild animals.
Use a tick preventative on your pet
Hewitt Veterinary Hospital sells Vectra 3-d for tick prevention on your dog. The triple action formula kills more species of ticks on contact. The ticks don’t have to bite to die. This is important- if the tick doesn’t bite it can’t transmit disease! Vectra 3-d provides tick and flea prevention for 30 days.
We also carry Preventic collars. They provide protection against ticks for up to 3 months but they have no action against fleas.
With tick prevention products you should exercise caution around cats. They are more sensitive to some of the ingredients in tick preventatives.
The newest in tick control is Bravecto. It is an oral chewable tablet that kills fleas and ticks for 3 months!
Call and bring your pet in for a tick and parasite examination and we can recommend what is best for you and your pet.