A recent spike in tick-borne illnesses 2017 is shaping up to be one of the worst tick seasons on record. In fact, two new cases of a dangerous and potentially fatal tick-borne illness have been reported in the continental United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the new disease (which is known as Powassan Disease) can be transferred from tick to mammal in a matter of minutes.
Unlike Lyme Disease, which is a bacteria, Powassan Disease is a virus, and can come with much more serious complications, including encephalitis and neurological damage.
While Powassan has mainly been observed in the Eastern United States this year, Lyme Disease and other serious tick-borne illnesses can pose serious threats to your and your pet's health. (Including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Tularemia, Anaplasmosis, and more). Different species of ticks can be found all over the United States.
Unfortunately, ticks pose a particular problem for dogs, since they are frequently roaming in grass or wooded areas, and long fur can make quick tick detection a challenge. If your dogs spend any time at all this summer, please consider some tick-protection measures.
Unseasonably warm temperatures across the two previous winters, and the fact that ticks are developing mutated versions of some diseases, are the primary reasons behind the increase this year. The mice population surge in 2016 may also be the root cause of more disease carrying ticks this year.
Contrary to popular belief, tick season does not actually end with summer, but continues into early to mid-fall. Although it is less common to find ticks inside a dwelling, sometimes ticks do venture indoors to avoid the cold winter months. Save you and your dog a costly and expensive trip to the vet and make an investment in your pet's health with:
The 4 best ways to keep ticks off your dog
1. Use a tick shampoo During the peak tick season, it may be advisable to bathe your dog using a shampoo that contains medicated ingredients designed to kill ticks on contact. We recommend Hartz UltraGuard Rid Flea & Tick Shampoo, which completely eliminates fleas and ticks quickly but also contains oatmeal to soothe dry, irritated skin.
2. Use tick collars A tick collar is a safe way to transfer the tick repelling chemicals onto the dog’s fur and skin. It should be secured with just enough room to fit two fingers under the collar while it’s around the dog’s neck. We recommend XUS tick collars because they effectively repels ticks and other insects using natural essential oils.
4. Check for ticks regularly Perform a full body inspection every day, paying particular attention to the ears, face, and inner thighs. A tick comb can remove ticks from the fur if they have not latched on, but always keep a tick key on your keychain or in your pack. Sometimes when you remove a tick, small pieces remain embedded in the skin- tick keys ensure that you safely remove all parts of the tick from your pet's skin.
For the humans who enjoy spending outdoor time with your dogs, please follow CDC recommendations to apply tick repellent with DEET or Permethrin, wear long pants, tuck jeans into pants or socks, and conduct regular tick checks.
Thank you for reading! Now go and enjoy the outdoors (safely!) with your dog. -Pest-control.info (c) 2017
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