Checking and Removing Ticks from Your Pets

After a satisfying session outside with your four-legged friend, the first thing you should do is look for ticks. These pesky insects love to hide in long grass where your pooch may pick them up while playing fetching or follow and especially intriguing scent.

Ticks can carry a wide array of diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These diseases can be every bit as devastating for canines as they are for humans, so it’s worth taking a few extra minutes to thoroughly check your pet. Ideally, these checks should take place whenever your dog spends time outside.

Anti-Tick Products:

Preventic Collars (dogs only) are worn around the neck tightly enough to contact the skin and so your dog cannot remove it. Activity against ticks starts within 24 hours and continues as long as the collar is worn (up to 90 days). Ticks present in the dog’s environment that may reappear on the dog will not attach and will be killed in less than 24 hours. Available at Campus Veterinary Clinic.

Nexgard Chewables (dogs only) are an oral chew given once a month for the treatment and prevention of fleas, and the treatment and control of Black-legged tick, American Dog tick, Lone Star tick, and Brown dog tick. Available at Campus Veterinary Clinic with a prescription.

Seresto Collars (dogs and cats) are worn around the neck and provide up to 8 months of flea and tick prevention. Available at online pharmacies.