Spring is TICK season.

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Ticks are blood-sucking arthropods that can transmit a wide variety of diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF), tularemia, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and erlichiosis. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in Placer County.

Quick Facts about TICKS:

  • They can be found most commonly in grassy, brushy, or wooded areas, especially along sides of trails.
  • Ticks do not fly, jump, or fall out of trees! Ticks wait on tips of grasses and leaves for people or other animals to pass by. When a tick grabs on to a passing animal, it will then crawl in search of a good place to attach to the skin.
  • Once attached, the tick will secrete a cement-like substance that helps it stay in place to feed.
  • The longer the tick stays attached, the higher the risk of disease transmission to the animal it is attached to.
  • A feeding tick can remain attached for many hours or days, after which it will drop off the host.

The three most common ticks in the Placer County area are the Western Black-Legged Tick, Pacific Coast Tick, and the American Dog Tick.

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There are a couple of different Tick products on the market, but our favorite is Nexgard. Nexgard is the same type of beef flavored chew as Heartgard that is given once a month, or every 30 days. Unfortunately, we are currently not aware of any holistic/natural remedies that have proven to be effective in repelling/killing ticks. “The active ingredient in Nexgard is afoxolaner, a new drug that is not used in any other flea/tick medications currently on the market. Afoxolaner enters the blood stream and does not penetrate to the surrounding tissues so fleas and ticks DO need to bite your pet to be affected by the medication. Fleas are typically killed within several hours, while ticks are killed within 1-2 days. It is important to note that Nexgard does not repel ticks. In some cases this means biting and attaching to your dog for up to 48 hours. The tick should be killed before they are attached to your pet long enough to transmit disease.” – http://riverroadveterinary.com/flea-and-tick-prevention-nexgard-chewables/

Proper Tick Removal

  • Do not squish, burn, smother, or twist ticks.
  • Use tweezers to grasp the head of the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight out.
  • Use gloves, tissue or other barrier if you must use your fingers to remove the tick.
  • Wash your hands and the bite site with soap and water after tick removal.

For a helpful video on how to remove a tick, follow this link to our website!!

 

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