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Don't Let Ticks Ruin Your Dogs Good Time!


Nobody likes ticks.

In fact, when it comes to ticks I can't think of a single redeeming quality.

While you may see the occasional ant farm or flea circus, the tick competes with the cockroach on the "likeability" scale!

Here's what you need to know to defeat them and prevent them from spoiling you and your dog's Summer fun...

What Makes a Tick "Tic"?

Did you know that ticks aren't insects? They belong to the same family as spiders (arachnids). That may explain why we humans find them especially unappealing!

The fact that it behaves like a tiny vampire makes the tick even more detestable. Technically, a tick is a blood sucking mite that can expand 20 to 100 times it's size as it feeds. (Gross). And ticks can spread Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, making them potentially lethal.

Ticks use their sharp mouth pieces to attach themselves to your dog's skin. Their favorite spots are the head, neck, ears, or feet. The scariest thing about them is the fact that ticks can go unnoticed.

Tiny as they are, they can attach themselves to you or your dog without being seen or felt. And especially if your dog has a dark coat, ticks will often continue to go unnoticed until they're well engorged with blood.

At that point, you still may not see them, but you'll certainly feel them by running your fingers or a fine toothed comb through your dog's coat. (I still remember finding one on our black poodle when I was a child. It looked like a small school bus, so I can only imagine how long it had been there! )

The Spring and Summer months are when ticks are most prevalent, but any time your dog has been in a heavily wooded area, she should be checked. Ticks like wooded, grassy, and damp areas best.

Two types of ticks are most commonly found on dogs--the brown dog tick and the American dog tick. But deer ticks and western black-legged ticks will feed on dogs too. Of course, the tick was captured before having a chance to feed. The average tick begins it's adventures approximately the size of a sesame seed. After making a meal of your dog's (or your) blood, it may reach the size of a small grape! ( I swear, the one I saw looked like a school bus...)

Aside from the risk of contracting Lyme disease or spotted fever from ticks, there's another concern: Too many ticks feeding on a single dog can cause severe anemia or a condition called tick paralysis.

Does and Don'ts of Tick Removal

A tick can be spotted fairly easily against a background of pink skin or a light colored coat. Check your dog all over, but especially around the head and neck, ears and paws. Against dark skin and coats, ticks virtually disappear, so you'll have to feel for them. Another option is to run a fine-toothed comb or flea comb through your dog's coat to loosen ticks that haven't "latched on" yet.

Please pay special attention to the following:

How to Avoid and Prevent ticks

Control and prevention of ticks is especially important in avoiding diseases associated with them.

What areas should you avoid? Wooded areas, tall grass, low brush, and damp areas are all attractive to ticks. They also are found in greater numbers in areas such as the Northeastern United States. No place is completely safe, though, since a person or animal can "give ticks a ride" from one place to another by carrying them on their skin, clothing or coats.

In parts of the country where the tick population is especially heavy and the risk of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever especially great, your vet may suggest your dog be vaccinated against ticks. Weigh the pros and cons with your vet if that's what he or she recommends.

There are plenty of products on the market designed to repel and/or kill ticks. (Never use tick products designed for dogs on a cat -- it could kill her). Personally, I like all natural products for controlling fleas and ticks. All conventional products designed to kill/repel fleas and ticks are poisons of one kind or another, and can pose some risk to your pet. Garlic tablets, herbal shampoos, and botanical oils are among your choices. There's also a spray to relieve hot spots and irritated skin.

No more ticks!

At last, you and your pet can stay healthy and tick-free.Your dog will sure be glad you took the time to read up on ticks! Remember, natural products help your pets fight parasites better by keeping them strong, healthy, and toxin-free!

© 2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. Lifelong dog-lover, power-shopper, and former family dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of Great-Dog-Gift.com where she offers a wide range of choices for dog gift shoppers, plus shopping and gift-giving tips. (Also advice on dog care and feeding.)

Visit the site to view the full illustrated artice and learn where to find natural tick control products (links contained in article).

You can reach Carolyn by email at [email protected].


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How to prepare your pets for your return to work  Times Union

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The best hip and joint supplement for pets  WKRG News 5

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‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021 - NBC News
8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021  NBC News

Military pets can fetch $3,000 in prizes in photo contest - Dayton Daily News
Military pets can fetch $3,000 in prizes in photo contest  Dayton Daily News

Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week - WOODTV.com
Empty the Shelters: Help pets find forever homes this week  WOODTV.com

Penn Hills dog owners enjoy time with pets - TribLIVE
Penn Hills dog owners enjoy time with pets  TribLIVE

Paws to Consider: Pet guardianships - Sequim Gazette
Paws to Consider: Pet guardianships  Sequim Gazette

A special breed: Fostering pets 'not just about saving the life of the animal, but also helps the people involved' - Chicago Tribune
A special breed: Fostering pets 'not just about saving the life of the animal, but also helps the people involved'  Chicago Tribune

Keeping your pets healthy and calm on your next trip - FOX 9
Keeping your pets healthy and calm on your next trip  FOX 9

Pets Of The Week | San Marcos Record - San Marcos Daily Record
Pets Of The Week | San Marcos Record  San Marcos Daily Record

Pets of the week, May 5 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, May 5 | Local News | hickoryrecord.com  Hickory Daily Record

City offering temporary pet boarding for residents in need - 13WHAM-TV
City offering temporary pet boarding for residents in need  13WHAM-TV

Your pets can have allergies too - FOX 5 NY
Your pets can have allergies too  FOX 5 NY

‘Pets are going to be safe:’ Muskegon shelter moving animals away from antiquated location - MLive.com
‘Pets are going to be safe:’ Muskegon shelter moving animals away from antiquated location  MLive.com

Pet-friendly designs to incorporate into your home - Atlanta Journal Constitution
Pet-friendly designs to incorporate into your home  Atlanta Journal Constitution

Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Milo, Gibbs, Braxton, Birdie, Mabel - Patch.com
Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Milo, Gibbs, Braxton, Birdie, Mabel  Patch.com

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Thinking About Getting a Pet Hedgehog? Here's What You Need to Know - POPSUGAR
Thinking About Getting a Pet Hedgehog? Here's What You Need to Know  POPSUGAR

Norton Fire Chief: Wise Co. home destroyed, pets killed in Tuesday night fire - WJHL-TV News Channel 11
Norton Fire Chief: Wise Co. home destroyed, pets killed in Tuesday night fire  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

Some pet-safe plants repel mosquitoes | Community - The Leader
Some pet-safe plants repel mosquitoes | Community  The Leader

After neighbor reportedly kills 2 pets, Warren County families desperate for police help - KMOV.com
After neighbor reportedly kills 2 pets, Warren County families desperate for police help  KMOV.com

10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents - PEOPLE
10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire - Kankakee Daily Journal
Kankakee man saves his family, pets from house fire  Kankakee Daily Journal

Keeping a pet – a Guide for the Elderly - Influencive
Keeping a pet – a Guide for the Elderly  Influencive

Looking For A Pup? Austin Pets Alive! Needs You To Adopt, Foster - Patch.com
Looking For A Pup? Austin Pets Alive! Needs You To Adopt, Foster  Patch.com

Barking news: Political pets are relevant again - uscannenbergmedia.com
Barking news: Political pets are relevant again  uscannenbergmedia.com

NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits - WPIX 11 New York
NYS Senate passes bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits  WPIX 11 New York

Megan Thee Stallion Pet Series Leads Snapchat’s Latest Original Lineup - Deadline
Megan Thee Stallion Pet Series Leads Snapchat’s Latest Original Lineup  Deadline

Pet CBD Product Sales Estimated To Rack Up $629 Million This Year, Says New Report - Forbes
Pet CBD Product Sales Estimated To Rack Up $629 Million This Year, Says New Report  Forbes

How to Keep Your Pet Safe From Bobcat Attacks - Local Profile
How to Keep Your Pet Safe From Bobcat Attacks  Local Profile

Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing - WLNS
Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

Poll: Returning to work, pet owners worry about post-COVID separation anxiety - WWLP.com
Poll: Returning to work, pet owners worry about post-COVID separation anxiety  WWLP.com

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/5/21)  ABC15 Arizona

Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic - CNN
Hilton launches a dog menu for pets who helped their owners through the pandemic  CNN

Aurora committee may recommend Humane Ordinance for pet sales in the city; 'Aurora is the puppy mill capital of Illinois' - Chicago Tribune
Aurora committee may recommend Humane Ordinance for pet sales in the city; 'Aurora is the puppy mill capital of Illinois'  Chicago Tribune

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Old Yeller - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Old Yeller  KCBD

PETS OF WEEK: Diamond and Barrett | Community | wiscnews.com - WiscNews
PETS OF WEEK: Diamond and Barrett | Community | wiscnews.com  WiscNews

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of May 2  Summit Daily News

Dakin Humane Society announces new online store for pets - WWLP.com
Dakin Humane Society announces new online store for pets  WWLP.com

Adoptable Pet of the Week - The Daily Advocate
Adoptable Pet of the Week  The Daily Advocate

Mr. Handyman presents fifth annual "My 'Pet' Peeves" photo contest for National Pet Month - El Paso Inc.
Mr. Handyman presents fifth annual "My 'Pet' Peeves" photo contest for National Pet Month  El Paso Inc.

Sen. Blumenthal calls for ‘crackdown’ on pet scams following Hearst CT investigation - Danbury News Times
Sen. Blumenthal calls for ‘crackdown’ on pet scams following Hearst CT investigation  Danbury News Times

Walmart releases 'super premium' private label pet foods - Pet Food Processing
Walmart releases 'super premium' private label pet foods  Pet Food Processing

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption At Romeoville Area Shelters - Romeoville, IL Patch
Latest Pets To Go Up For Adoption At Romeoville Area Shelters  Romeoville, IL Patch

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work - CNN
The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work  CNN

Noon Pet Of The Week: Freda - WXII12 Winston-Salem
Noon Pet Of The Week: Freda  WXII12 Winston-Salem

Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram! - POPSUGAR
Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

Operation Kindness and Pet Supplies Team Up to Host Dog Adoption Event - Focusdailynews
Operation Kindness and Pet Supplies Team Up to Host Dog Adoption Event  Focusdailynews

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

Family Pet Triggers Fiery Concord Gas Station Crash - CBS San Francisco
Family Pet Triggers Fiery Concord Gas Station Crash  CBS San Francisco

It’s National Pet Week! - KOIN.com
It’s National Pet Week!  KOIN.com

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Pet of the Week: Ruca & Ramona – Heart of the Rockies Radio  Heart of the Rockies Radio

Roice-Hurst Pet of the Week: 'Meet Kyah' - KKCO-TV
Roice-Hurst Pet of the Week: 'Meet Kyah'  KKCO-TV

Adopt A Pet At Camden County Auto Show May 15 - Patch.com
Adopt A Pet At Camden County Auto Show May 15  Patch.com

Texas A&M's Veterinary Emergency Team debuts new pet evacuation trailer - KXXV News Channel 25
Texas A&M's Veterinary Emergency Team debuts new pet evacuation trailer  KXXV News Channel 25

Dogs blamed for killing family pets in Hyrum neighborhood - KSL.com
Dogs blamed for killing family pets in Hyrum neighborhood  KSL.com

Arlington Pet of the Week: Rally - ARLnow
Arlington Pet of the Week: Rally  ARLnow

New program to help locate lost pets | Local News | fhtimes.com - Fountain Hills Times
New program to help locate lost pets | Local News | fhtimes.com  Fountain Hills Times

Pet of the Week: Be prepared to love Scout - WOAI
Pet of the Week: Be prepared to love Scout  WOAI

Islip Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Elvira - Patch.com
Islip Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Elvira  Patch.com

Finding Lost Pets May Get Easier with Petco Love's New Searchable Database - PetProductNews.com
Finding Lost Pets May Get Easier with Petco Love's New Searchable Database  PetProductNews.com

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

NAMI in Collier County introduces pet therapy for those in need of a furry hug - Wink News
NAMI in Collier County introduces pet therapy for those in need of a furry hug  Wink News

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

Pets of the Week: April 29, 2021 - WSIL TV
Pets of the Week: April 29, 2021  WSIL TV

Brookhaven Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Diamond - Patch.com
Brookhaven Adoptable Pet Of The Week: Diamond  Patch.com

Vegas Council OK's 5-Year Ban on Pet Abusers Owning Animals - U.S. News & World Report
Vegas Council OK's 5-Year Ban on Pet Abusers Owning Animals  U.S. News & World Report

Pet Vet on Call (5/5/21) - KoamNewsNow.com
Pet Vet on Call (5/5/21)  KoamNewsNow.com

Pet Pals TV: 2021 Mutt Strut - WISHTV.com
Pet Pals TV: 2021 Mutt Strut  WISHTV.com

PLDPaws Pet of the Week: Cats - The Delaware County Daily Times
PLDPaws Pet of the Week: Cats  The Delaware County Daily Times

Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards? - Vox
Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — May 3 - Gwinnettdailypost.com
PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — May 3  Gwinnettdailypost.com

A gator and a raccoon named Rebecca: Pets that have called the White House home - WTSP.com
A gator and a raccoon named Rebecca: Pets that have called the White House home  WTSP.com

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

Jet Pet- Zane - YourErie
Jet Pet- Zane  YourErie

SARS-CoV-2 variant found in pets - American Veterinary Medical Association
SARS-CoV-2 variant found in pets  American Veterinary Medical Association

Pet Helpers: Mitzi - WDTV
Pet Helpers: Mitzi  WDTV

Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California - PEOPLE
Meet the Plus-Size Orphan Pets That Are Seeking New Homes and Healthier Routines in California  PEOPLE

Jet Pet: Selena - YourErie
Jet Pet: Selena  YourErie

Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us - The Washington Post
Humane Society president discusses the surge of pet ownership during the pandemic — and what animals can teach us  The Washington Post

U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing - NBC News
U.K. police hunt rabbit thief after giant celebrity pet Darius goes missing  NBC News

Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

KKR Acquires Natural Pet Food Group - Business Wire
KKR Acquires Natural Pet Food Group  Business Wire

Pet of the Week: Ren - WBNG-TV
Pet of the Week: Ren  WBNG-TV

Brookings Register | Pet adoptions on pace - Brookings Register
Brookings Register | Pet adoptions on pace  Brookings Register

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

“A noise nuisance and it will be smelly”: planning commission rejects pet daycare permit after resident pushback - Cherokee Tribune Ledger News
“A noise nuisance and it will be smelly”: planning commission rejects pet daycare permit after resident pushback  Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

Pet Project: Meet Ray Ray - WSAW
Pet Project: Meet Ray Ray  WSAW

Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping - PRNewswire
Pet Supplies Plus Supports National Pet ID Week Through Discounted Microchipping  PRNewswire

Austin Pets Alive! shines spotlight on ‘differently abled’ pups with mobility problems - KXAN.com
Austin Pets Alive! shines spotlight on ‘differently abled’ pups with mobility problems  KXAN.com

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families - PRNewswire
Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

Loveland kindergartners write ads for adoptable pets, and it couldn't be cuter - WLWT Cincinnati
Loveland kindergartners write ads for adoptable pets, and it couldn't be cuter  WLWT Cincinnati

How to buy a pet without getting scammed - MarketWatch
How to buy a pet without getting scammed  MarketWatch

Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds - BBC News
Pets' names used as passwords by millions, study finds  BBC News

Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat - Modern Farmer
Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It. - Barron's
Barron’s Stock Pick: Pet Care Is Booming. Here’s a Stock to Play It.  Barron's

Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents | PEOPLE.com - PEOPLE
Netflix Reality Show Pet Stars Follows Hollywood Pet Talent Agents | PEOPLE.com  PEOPLE

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