Tick season

Tick season: prevention, removal and protective measures

With the onset of the warm season, tick activity also increases, which requires increased attention from dog owners. Not only can ticks cause unpleasant bites, they can also transmit dangerous diseases to dogs. In this blog post, we would like to give you some important information and tips on how to protect your dog from ticks and what you should do in the event of a tick bite.

Preventive measures:
One of the best ways to prevent ticks in dogs is to use tick repellent products. Talk to your vet about suitable spot-on treatments, collars or tick repellent sprays that are best for your dog. Regular combing and examination of the coat can also help to detect ticks early.

Check after walks:
You should check your dog for ticks after every walk outdoors. Concentrate particularly on areas of the body such as the head, ears, neck, armpits, stomach and between the toes. If you discover a tick, you should remove it as quickly as possible to minimize the risk of disease transmission.

Correct removal of ticks:
To remove ticks safely, it is best to use special tick tweezers or forceps. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it out slowly and evenly without squeezing it. Make sure that the tick head is completely removed to avoid infection. Then disinfect the bite site.

Monitor for symptoms of disease:
After a tick bite, monitor your dog for possible symptoms of illness. These include fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, lameness, joint pain or changes in behavior. If you notice such signs, consult a vet immediately to detect and treat possible diseases such as Lyme disease or anaplasmosis at an early stage.

Maintain the environment:
Keep your garden or the area where your dog often spends time clean and free of tall grass, bushes and foliage. Ticks like to stay in such areas. Regularly mowing the lawn and removing leaves and plant debris can reduce the risk of ticks.

Check vaccination protection:
Talk to your vet about possible vaccinations against tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease or anaplasmosis. An appropriate vaccination can offer your dog additional protection.

Prevention, control and proper removal of ticks are crucial to protect your dog from potential diseases. By carrying out regular tick checks, taking preventative measures and visiting a vet if necessary, you can ensure the health and well-being of your dog. Spend worry-free time outdoors and enjoy activities together without the constant worry of ticks.