Ticks are a problem every year, but this year, they are especially bad around here! I want to remind everyone to protect your dogs, and I wanted to pass on some information about ticks as well!
Don’t be fooled by myths about ticks! If you really want to find a high concentration of the rotten creatures, tall grass like this is a great place to hang out, but they also hang out on mowed grass. Just brushing up against grass is enough for ticks to transfer onto humans and pets. Madison had three ticks after going for a walk on a walking path. They jumped on her from some grass along the side of the path
Wearing light colored clothing does help keep ticks off, they prefer dark colors, but will attach to anything really. We short furry dogs are especially susceptible to the lousy hitchhikers! After being outdoors always check over your dog really well, and yourself too! Ticks like to burrow into ears, underarms, beards, just about everywhere on your dog!
Can you imagine how many ticks were out in the field where Madison had her tracking test? By the end of the day, Mom counted over twenty ticks. Bailie never left the car and had four – gifts from Madison, Mom had two, and the rest were on Madison.
My sisters and I take Bravecto to prevent fleas and ticks, but even if your dog has a good tick treatment, you still need to catch those rotten guys before they try to attach themselves if you can. On white fur they are easy to spot, but on dark fur, it is really tough. Mom goes through our furs with a fine comb to fish them out. There are many different ways to protect your dog from ticks, but nothing is 100% effective. Talk to your vet about your lifestyle and dog to figure out the best prevention option! Tick diseases are dangerous and can even be deadly! Make sure your dog is protected!