Taking your dog to the beach can be a relaxing way to spend your summer vacation time with the entire family, but you need to be alert for dangers that you don’t often have to deal with at home in the backyard. Among these potential annoyances is an increased risk of ticks.
In fact, regardless of what outdoor activity you are participating in, ticks are always a possibility. Any time that you are in a natural area your pet may end up getting a tick on them. While the beach may be a wide open, grassy area, the surroundings dunes probably aren’t. These blood sucking parasites like to hang out in tall grasses and wooded areas. Also keep in mind that your pets aren’t the only ones at risk… ticks can just as easily burrow into a human skin as well and you need to take precautions too.
Be prepared to keep your pet safe from ticks this summer by following these handy tips from us here at Take Your Pet:
- Speak to your vet about preventative measures and treatment and follow the professional advice you are given,
- Note that treatments to deter flees may not deter ticks. Again, ask your vet about medications and treatments that can deal with ticks as well as other parasitic creatures that may like to snack on your pet,
- Keep your pet’s coat trimmed so that the fur isn’t too thick. Not only will this make your dog more comfortable in the summer heat, but there will be less fur for the ticks to hide in as well,
- Regularly inspect your pet’s skin looking for any nasty ticks that may have become embedded there,
- Both you and your pet, should avoid tall grasses in dune areas. In fact, you should keep your dog with you at all times and don’t let them run off into areas where you can’t see them. This is important for avoiding ticks but also ensures your dog doesn’t impact on the delicate ecosystem too,
- If you can’t avoid grasses and wooded areas it is advisable for you to wear closed in shoes, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and a wide-brimmed hat. Remember that ticks can drop from tall trees too.
In the event that your dog does get a tick, remember not to panic. You need to deal with the tick immediately and carefully. Try not to come into contact with the tick yourself. Use a pair of tweezers to remove it from your dog’s skin. Save the tick in a jar or a bottle for a couple of weeks. If your dog becomes ill, the vet will want to see it in order to provide the best possible treatment. If you are prepared and alert you will be able to stay one step ahead of ticks this summer.