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TIPS FOR THE TICK SEASON – September 21, 2010

September marks the beginning of crisp and cler fall weather made for hiking, camping and many other outdoor activities.  But it’s also the peak season for cat and dog ticks.  So if you are going to be outside with your best friends, always check for pet ticks.

The critters have a way of burrowing and burying deep into your  pet’s fur and can cause serious harm to your pets.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TICKS

Ticks are parasitic arachnids, and for our intents and purposes this means they have eight legs and that they live on the blood and tissue.  They live in wooded and grassy areas and hang out on the edge of leavers, they can drop on a potential host as it passes by.  It will travel to a warm place on the host body.  A tick attaches to its hots via is mandibles (jaw) and insets its superficial capillaries.  Because they attach with their head and jaws, attaching beneath the skin, making it more difficult to remove them.

THE DANGERS OF COMMON AMERICAN DEER  TICKS

Beyond being a parasite, a tick has many other bad-news qualities.  One of the big disease threats to your dog and cat is Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria carried by the American deer tick.  If bitten by ticks, you should keep a close eye on your pet for symptoms

  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint pain

If you notice your dog or cat has been exhibiting these signs, take him to the vet.  The sooner your pet starts antibiotic treatment, the better his odds are of  the least amount of complications.

*Above information originally printed at http://petid.homeagain.com/2010Newsletter/september

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