Ticks lie in wait in vegetation for dogs to brush by. The parasite s adult form typically migrates to the ears, neck and toes.
Ticks are typically found in brush and weeds, attaching themselves to blades of grass to wait for a host animal, like a dog, to walk by. When contact is made, the tick transfers itself to the host’s body and eventually works its way through the dog’s fur, attaches to skin and begins to feed. If left undetected, the tick eventually will leave its host for different stages of development. It subsequently may find a new host, or in the case of a tick living in a house with a single dog, may return to the same animal. A tick can survive several months in-between hosts.
Spring’s warmer days bring more opportunities for hikes and outdoor adventures with our dogs. But it’s also the time of year that ticks reappear, bringing with them an increased risk of Lyme Disease. Even a few seconds in the weeds and brush could be long enough for a pup to pick up a deer tick, that icky arachnid responsible for transmitting . Every April during “,” Cascade Pet Camp reminds our customers how to protect their dogs against Lyme Disease.
Check your dog for ticks every day, especially during tick season: spring, summer and fall, or year-round in warmer climates. Brush your fingers through their fur applying enough pressure to feel any small bumps. Be sure to check between your dog’s toes, behind ears, under armpits and around the tail and head, too. If you do feel a bump, pull the fur apart to see what’s there. A tick that has embedded itself in your dog will vary in size, something from the size of a pinhead to a grape depending on how long its been attached. Ticks are usually black or dark brown in color but will turn a grayish-white after feeding in what’s referred to as an engorged state.In addition to causing irritation, ticks transmit serious diseases including Lyme disease and tularemia, which can affect a person or animal’s health for months or even years. According to the Director of San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, Gary Erbeck, people who visit grassy, brushy, or wooded areas with their dogs should take special care to avoid picking up ticks.Ticks, the tiny, eight-legged menace to your dog, have the potential to transmit and other illnesses to both humans and animals. Here’s how to know if your dog has them. Check for ticks should be part of your daily routine especially if you live near wooded areas, marshes, thick brush or regularly hike or camp in those areas. Simply rub your hands along your dog’s body feeling for bumps and separate the fur to look for the tiny bugs. Be sure to check not only the torso, but also inside and behind your dog’s ears, face, neck, behind the legs and between their toes.You are feeling for something about the size of a small pea. However, because of its rather small size, you may want to use a brush or flea comb to check your dog’s fur thoroughly, stopping if you hit a bump or snag. Do not pull or force the comb over the bump, stop to see what the bump is before proceeding (pulling only part of the tick’s body out can be harmful to your dog). You will also want to check the skin for areas that appear red or irritated, and watch your dog for any signs of excessive scratching or licking in any particular areas. This can be a sign that a tick has attached itself to the skin in this spot.