Ticks are a major problem for Houston area dog owners. These tiny pests, known for latching onto a host and literally sucking the life force (blood) out of them, run rampant throughout Texas. Ben Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and that expression could not ring more true for those impacted by ticks.
At Circle K9 we’re here to help you with a bit of knowledge about ticks and tick prevention tips for dogs. And don’t worry if it’s too late for prevention – we’ve got you covered there too.
There are several types of ticks in Texas. Deer ticks and dog ticks are the most common, but don’t let the monikers fool you – they are not species specific and they enjoy humans too.
Ticks are particularly fond of warm, wet, and shaded places so Texas is an ideal place for them to wreak havoc. When summertime rolls in, the conditions become ideal and they feast in full force. Flea and tick preventative medications will protect your dog but it’s best to be cautious, especially in wooded areas. If you live in a wooded area or have tall grass, it’s important to treat the home and yard as well.
After walks or camping excursions, check your dog (and yourself) to see if any ticks have hitched a ride. Check inside and around the ears, between the gums and jowls, between the toes, and throughout the fur. Ideally, you want to catch them before they latch on.
If they do manage to start their feast, they’ll stick around for about three days, gorging themselves until they’re about to burst. Should you find ticks on your dog, apply a bit of alcohol to the area so that it opens its mouth then use tweezers to gently remove the tick with a twisting motion. Be sure to pull it out entirely, removing the head as well.
Because these creatures carry diseases, these tick prevention tips for dogs are important. If you are bit by a tick, look out for rashes and flu-like symptoms that can occur together or alone. Should you show symptoms, see a doctor right away.
We take extra precautions at our property in the Houston area to make sure your pet is safe. If you are interested in tips or you would like to schedule your pet for boarding or training in Houston, contact us online or call (281) 259-3564