Nov 25, 2009

Five quick tips for dog owners to avoid Lyme Disease from ticks

Posted by Bob under Dog Arthritis, from the vet

In our previous post (See post on November 21, 2009) we discussed other causes of arthritis in dogs such as Lyme Disease.  Since Lyme Disease is a tick borne disease, here are five quick tips you can use to help your dog avoid an infection disease caused by ticks:

  • Check for ticks daily. If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away:
    • Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.
    • Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. To prevent infection, avoid crushing the tick. After tick removal, clean your dog’s skin with soap and warm water.
    • Throw the dead tick away with your household trash or flush it down the toilet.
    • Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick.
    • Is it a tick? Use these pictures of ticks to find out.
  • Use a tick preventative on your dog.
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick screening at each exam.
  • Watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about tick-borne diseases in your area.

Add A Comment

Security Code: