Tips Tuesday: How to keep your dog safe from ticks

The spring is finally here and this means that we will be spending more time with our pets outdoors. As we all know, spring brings ticks as well, so any dog owner should be more careful with their pets. How to recognize the symptoms, what to do when you find a tick under the skin and when the pet becomes critical are just some of the subjects we will be talking about.

When warmer days appear, they right away bring problems for dog owners, because in addition to fragrances of spring, the grass, shrubs and parks become a home of a lurking enemy number one – tick!

In addition to carrying many diseases to domestic animals, ticks can transmit dangerous and potentially deadly piroplasmoses to your pet, and this is also one of the most serious diseases transmitted by these insects.

Piroplasmoses is a disease caused by protozoa or protozoa of the genus Babesia, and attacks the vital organs of your pet, usually the kidneys and liver.

Every pet owner should keep in mind that ticks transmit infection after 30 hours of continuous blood sucking blood, which leads to conclusion that hygiene here is of a great importance,

How to remove them?

If you see ticks on your pet, make sure to remove them with tweezers but take care that the “feet” don’t remain stuck at the body of the animal. First, gently pull it in a clockwise direction and then pull out firmly. Be sure to watch the dog after removal of the tick, because the most important in the case of infection is to react until the disease has not spread to organs.

What are the symptoms?

Firstly, melancholy and denial of food, and almost every dog at the beginning of the disease has a fever. Pay attention to the nose, which should be shiny and moist, and the eyes clear and open – these are universal signs of dog health.

If not, immediately visit the vet!

If the dog starts to reject food, has no will to play, shows no enthusiasm and difficulty urinating, and the urine has an orange colored hue or has traces of blood – there is no time for hesitation.

 

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