Now that the weather is warming up, you and your pets are likely spending more time outdoors. But be careful where you tread, or you could end up with an unwanted tick clinging to your pet. As a pet owner, you may not consider letting your furry friend in the house without first checking them for ticks after roaming through the tall grass and wooded areas where ticks tend to nest. However, doing so could mean bad news for your pet.
Ticks are tiny, can quickly go unseen in your pet's fur, and can be dangerous. Last year, entomologists reported a 15% rise in the tick population, making Lyme disease more prevalent. And every US state is home to at least one of the seven tick species found in the US, all of which can transmit diseases.
The good news is that ticks can be removed from your pet, but there are a few removal methods that are potentially harmful to your furball. I'll explain how to help keep ticks away and when it's time to take your pet to the vet. It's also important to know the symptoms that may be concerning after your pet has a tick removed.