Animals

Tick ​​prevention


If you go for walks in the forest or if your garden has plots with large grasses, it is essential to protect your pet from the ticks that swarm from April to November. Here is some useful information.

What is a tick?

  • It is a mite from the spider family.
  • This small parasite attaches to the animal's skin to feed on its blood.
  • The tick is a vector of diseases which can be fatal
  • Read also: dangers of ticks for dogs

Tick-related diseases

  • Piroplasmosis

The tick transmits the disease to your pet when it sucks blood. It is his saliva that contains the piroplasmosis parasite. You should be concerned if your pet is listless and refuses to feed.

A high fever, pale mucous membranes and very dark urine are noted. Treatment must be quickly put in place to be effective. This disease can be fatal.

  • Lyme disease

It is an infectious disease transmitted by ticks when they feed on your pet's blood.

To develop, the tick must be in contact with your pet's skin for between 48 to 72 hours. Symptoms observed are joint pain which causes lameness and high fever. Treatment with antibiotics takes a long time and does not completely eliminate the disease. Anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve pain that becomes chronic.

Read also: dangers of ticks for dogs

Fight against ticks

  • Parasitic pipettes

Simple, fast and effective, just part your pet's hair on the spine and apply the contents of the pipette.

Parasitic pipettes are used to fight against fleas, lice, mosquitoes and sandflies. The molecules they contain act on the nervous system of the tick and cause its death within 48 hours.

You must choose the pipettes according to the size, weight and breed of your animal. It will be protected between 4 and 6 weeks.

  • Tick ​​repellent collars

Controlled release of substances that repel and kill ticks before they bite your pet. Water resistant and protecting your pet for 7 to 8 months, it is an economical and practical solution.

  • Anti-tick tablets

They contain active substances (insecticides) that attack the nervous system of the tick, causing it to die within hours of a first bite. Your pet will be protected for three months.

It is an effective, but expensive treatment, issued only by your veterinarian and reserved for dogs.

Remove a tick from your dog's skin

After each risky walk (forest, plot with tall grass, etc.), your animal's skin must be checked, particularly if its hair is long. If you see a small, black, soft lump clinging to your dog's skin, it is probably a tick.

  • You can remove it with a tick tweezer. Simply wedge the tick in the tweezers and produce a rotary motion until it is removed.
  • It will be necessary to disinfect the area and monitor it for a few days.

ATdo not do :

  • Try to put the tick to sleep with alcohol or ether, as it may inject its venom and its head will remain under your pet's skin.
  • Attempt to remove it with tweezers, as you may not remove it entirely.

Read also: dangers of ticks for dogs

Smart advice

Did you know ?

Ticks also attach themselves to humans. To protect yourself from it, it is important to wear closed shoes, socks and pants. The risk is to catch Lyme disease which is very debilitating. No treatment to date has completely cured her.

To meditate : "Prevention is a wise precaution that preserves the uncertainty ofhealing. »Patrick Louis Richard


L.D.

Video: Tick Prevention Tips (October 2020).