It is Tick season again! Spring is here and so are the Ticks …yuk!
Know your Area
Beware of the species of ticks in your area. If you are traveling know what kinds of ticks are in the area you are going and what disease are associated with them. Here in Indiana we have three main kinds of ticks: American Dog Tick (because they love dogs), Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis. These three ticks carry Lyme disease. You may want to as your vet about the Lyme vaccine prior to your summer outdoors.
Be prepared by having a oral, topical, or flea collar on your dog. Make sure that it is for dogs not cats. They are not universal. Carry tweezers, rubbing alcohol, and a plastic bag with you to remove ticks safely and place in plastic bag if your dog begins to get sick you have the source of the problem with you to be tested.
Ticks are mainly found in areas that are wooded, swampy, heavy brush, and tall grasses. These are areas to stay away from when you are walking or hiking. It is always best to check your Australian Labradoodle when you are finished with your walk or hike no matter what.
When you come inside check your Australian Labradoodle for ticks. Give them a good brushing and feel all around. Tick’s seek blood to live on and can stay attached for several hours or even days! Disease can be transmitted as early as 24 hours after the bite.
Below is a great chart from TLC Pet Food to know where are the most common places to find ticks!
- You need to remove the tick immediately. It is helpful to have someone help you although it may just be the two of you on this excursion. If so, take a deep breath and know this tick needs to be removed for your pets health.
- Take out your tweezers and get a firm grip on the tick, without squeezing it, pull slow and firm outwards. By pulling quickly you can break the tick and leave parts under the skin.
- Rub the area with your alcohol.
- When you get to a place you can give your Australian Labradoodle a bath, do so quickly.
- Keep an eye on your dog for any signs of illness and if you see any take your plastic bag with the tick to the vet with you.
Be Safe and Have Fun!
Ashford Manor Labradoodles
Australian Labradoodle Breeder in the Midwest