Tick Protection

Ticks haven’t always been touted as a serious concern in Texas. However, in the past few years, tick populations seem to be growing. Common ticks in Texas include the Lone Star tick, the American dog tick, the brown dog tick, and the black-legged tick. These ticks are known carriers of several tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis. While these diseases are treatable if caught early, they can leave lingering side effects. Tick protection is the only way to fully prevent tick diseases from affecting the life of your pet and your family. Our animal hospital has tick protection and prevention tips for both you and your best friends.

Tick Protection in San Antonio: A Sign in the Forest Warns That Ticks are Present

Tick Prevention Tips for Pets & Owners

To avoid ticks, the first thing to understand is how they attach to their host. Ticks typically wait in the “questing” position on tall grass, bushes, or shrubs for a potential host to pass by. When the host brushes up against the leaves or grass, the tick grabs hold and climbs aboard. Some ticks will simply bite the first piece of exposed skin, while others will hunt for a place that’s hidden and thinly skinned. To avoid running into questing ticks and preventing them from climbing aboard your pet or yourself, follow these tips:

Safe Tick Removal

If you do find a tick on your pet or yourself, prompt removal is essential. Ticks can only transmit disease after being attached for several hours. Here’s how to safely remove a tick:

If your pet is bitten by a tick, it’s a good idea to have your pet evaluated whether or not they develop symptoms. Some pets can suffer from disease without displaying obvious symptoms. Please contact us at [clinic-phone galabel="tick protection"] if you have any questions about tick protection for your pet!

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