Preventing Pets from Picking up Ticks

by Emily Baird on April 20, 2010 at 6:09 am

The Animal Shelter of Muskingum County is seeing more animals walk through its doors with ticks.

These animals aren’t just picking up ticks in the country. They can be found in the city too, and they are easy to spot on the animals.

"When they first get on the animal and in the skin, they’re pretty small. Once they attach themselves to the skin, they will engorge and kind of look like a raisin, " says Executive Director, Larry Hostetler.

Ticks can be dangerous to both you and your pets. They can carry several diseases, including Lyme’s Disease and tick paralysis.

"In severe cases where they have a lot of ticks, they can even become anemic from blood loss. So, animals can die from this if you don’t use a preventative and keep them safe, " says Hostetler.

Hostetler suggests keeping your pets away from tall grass and wooded-areas. You should continually check their fur to make sure you don’t see any ticks, and use a preventative that your veterinarian recommends to kill any ticks that do try to attach themselves to your pets.