It's almost the end of tick season! (which goes from August to September). That means you have come too far and can't back down from doing everything you can to protect your dog from bites. (Ticks can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses that affect your pup.)
If you live in an area where disease-carrying ticks are common, make sure to check your pooch after they spend time outside. Pay special attention to areas where ticks can easily hide, like between your dog's toes, inside their ears, and around their neck.
2. Tick-proof your yard.
Some dog owners use pesticides on their yard to control ticks. But there are chemical-free ways to guard against the pests as well. Ticks like long grass, so try to keep your lawn mowed. Remove fallen leaves quickly. If you live near a wooded area with lots of ticks, you can even build a barrier of gravel or wood chips to keep them out!
There are many products that will help protect your dog from ticks, including oral medication, shampoo, sprays, powders, and tick collars (check out our favorite collar at the bottom of this e-mail.) Whatever product you use, make sure to carefully read the label so you know you're using it correctly, and call your vet if your dog has an unusual reaction.
But do remove it right away! Use tweezers to grasp the tick where it's attached to your dog's skin, then pull straight upward with steady pressure. Twisting or jerking can cause the tick's mouth parts to break off and remain in your dog. When the tick is removed, clean the bite area (and your hands). Flush the tick down the toilet -- don't crush it with your hands, as this can spread infection.
If you're looking for a simple way to prevent ticks, we highly recommend our All-Natural Anti-Flea and Anti-Tick Dog Collar. We're really proud of this product. It's 100% non-toxic, insecticide-free, and very effective! Click here to read more about it.
The Dog Pawty Team 🐶
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