Warm weather brings ticks and this summer may bring a bumper crop, say the experts. So here are some facts you should know:
- TICKS carry many diseases such as Lyme Disease & Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever; both can infect pets & people.
- Illnesses from ticks can cause fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness & more.
- Infected pets cannot infect people. However, the same ticks that infect your pet can infect you.
- Ticks can’t jump, fly & don’t drop from trees. They’re picked up from tall grasses, underbrush, leaf piles & wooded ground.
- Ticks bite & feed on the blood of their hosts.
- Always use tweezers to remove an attached tick on your pet, getting as close to the skin as possible. If the whole tick isn’t removed, infection can occur.
- Always check for ticks after being outdoors.
- Dogs are especially susceptible to ticks.
Best way to protect your pets? Use FDA-approved Prevention
FDA- approved Bravecto® for dogs. One tasty chew every 12 weeks protects your pooch from ticks & fleas alike. No more monthly dosing.
FDA-approved Revolution® for Cats. One topical dose applied monthly to base of the neck, protects your kitty from a host of parasites including ticks, fleas, worms and mites.
Note: Cats are very sensitive to chemicals. Never apply any insect repellent without first consulting a vet.
Best ways to protect yourself?
- Protect your pets. When you protect them you help protect yourself.
- Read Nebraska Ticks: Identification and Prevention published by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln
- Read the Information about Ticks on the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention website. It tells how to prevent bites, how to remove ticks & more.