The calendar might say it’s spring but winter weather continues to linger for much of the country. However, the late blooming spring doesn’t necessarily lead to a reduction in tick populations or reported incidences of Lyme disease.
Ticks can actually survive and remain active throughout freezing cold temperatures, say experts at TickEncounter.org. Ticks do so by insulating themselves in snow or leaves while waiting for warmer weather. Suffice it to say, there’s truly no benefit to this extended winter.
Yet, April is “Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs” month and there’s no better time to acquaint yourself with the dangers of ticks. Lyme disease can only be transmitted through a deer tick bite but there are ways that you can help prevent such an occurrence. Follow these tips below to keep your dog free tick-free this spring and summer:
Keep Your Dog Attached to a Leash
After being stuck inside for months, mild weather affords your pup the chance to break free and explore all the outside world has to offer! A care-free spirit may lead your dog into wooded or tall grass areas where deer ticks reside.
But, you can help prevent a tick-borne illness by keeping your dog attached to a leash on a walking path. By staying away from bushes and densely forested areas, you can reduce the chance of a tick attaching to your dog and transmitting Lyme disease.
Check Your Dog’s Fur for Ticks
Can’t keep your dog contained to a leash? Even if you let your dog roam free, you can still take steps to help prevent tick bites and the transmission of Lyme disease.
It sounds obvious but it’s important to check your dog’s fur for ticks after he’s been outside. Once attached to dogs, Lyme Disease can be transmitted in 36-48 hours, according to the CDC. However, it may take two to five months for symptoms to develop. According to the AKC, signs of Lyme disease in dogs are often mild but include fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, discomfort and swelling of joints.
Lyme disease is much easier to treat in the early stages. If you find a tick with an accompanying “bull’s eye” rash on your dog, contact your veterinarian right away before symptoms begin to materialize.
Use Vetri Repel Spray or Wipes to Deter Ticks
Due to their small size, ticks often go unnoticed by pet parents. It’s a challenge for the most diligent owner to find a tick nestled in their dog’s fur. Tick nymphs are roughly the side of a sesame seed and adults grow to the size of an apple seed. That leaves you searching for a needle in a haystack.
But, there’s a better way to help prevent ticks from latching onto your best buddy. You can use a topical solution like VetriScience’s Vetri Repel Spray and Wipes to help ward off ticks and other critters like mosquitoes, fleas and flies.
Our Vetri Repel Spray and Wipes feature a blend of Brazilian oils that act as a natural shield from unwanted pests like ticks. Unlike DEET, our non-sticky ingredients don’t contain drugs or synthetic chemicals making it safe to apply directly to your pet’s skin and coat. In fact, there are no known toxic effects from licking the skin – it’s just that safe!
Do you prefer to use spray or wipes? Either way, Vetri Repel can be easily applied to your pet’s skin and coat to help repel pests so you don’t have to worry about a thing. We recommend re-applying every two to three days depending on the length and thickness of your dog’s fur.
Now, don’t let the threat of tick bites get in the way of your summer fun once the warm weather arrives. You can follow these simple tips and use Vetri Repel Spray and Wipes for your peace of mind.
About VetriScience Laboratories:
Vetriscience Laboratories, a division of FoodScience Corporation, has been setting new standards of quality and safety in products for companion animals. The family owned company has been based in Vermont since 1972.