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Pet tips
July 14, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

We’ve found a few ticks on our dog this season. It seems they are more prevalent around the Bay Area due to the water shortage. And, since they can transmit serious diseases, you want to prevent bites. Spot-on medications applied to your dog’s fur are an option. Your veterinarian can prescribe an oral medication, a pill given monthly. You can buy medicated shampoos and bathe your dog more frequently or use a tick collar, which can keep ticks away from your dog’s face and neck, common targets for dogs who poke their noses around where these nasty parasites live. The collar must be relatively snug and make contact with your dog’s neck to be effective. Try the two-finger test; you should just be able to slip your first two fingers between the collar and his neck. Finally, you can also look at tick powders and sprays. The sprays are generally used just when you plan to spend time outdoors in wooded areas. Also, since even the best repellents may not prevent ticks from latching onto your dog, check him for ticks daily if you take daily walks and excursions. Common spots for ticks are between the toes, head and neck, ears and armpits. If you find one, don’t break out the matches and hold a flame near the tick; this will cause it to burrow deeper. Same story with nail polish and petroleum jelly. Simply, remove it with tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible and pull straight out. Grip the tick’s head, not the body. The tick will likely still be alive when you remove it. You can store it in a small container of isopropyl alcohol. This will kill it but preserve it should you need to follow up with your vet and have the tick tested for Lyme disease. You can also place it in a small Ziploc bag in your freezer.

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.

 

 

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