The 2018 tick season is one of the worst seen in many years. In fact, the CDC reports the number of Lyme disease cases has more than tripled in the past 15 years!
Eric St. Peter, Director of Marketing & Community Relations at the RISPCA, stopped by “The Rhode Show” on Thursday morning, to share tips for protecting your pet from ticks this season.
He shared the following information:
- Avoid Tick Heavy Areas – When walking your dog, avoid woods, tall grasses, overgrown shrubs and decaying leaves on the ground. If you take your pup hiking, make sure he stays on the trail.
- Keep Your Yard Maintained – If you have a large, open lawn, you shouldn’t have a problem as long as you keep your lawn trimmed. Ticks typically don’t live out in the open but more-so where your yard might borders a wooded area or if you have gardens and shrubs your pets get into. You can also have your yard treated for ticks by a professional lawn care company but you want to your research on the chemicals they might use.
- Look Your Pets Over – Be sure to check your dog (or if you have an inside/outside cat) every day. Check between toes, in and around the ears and head, neck and belly, and around the tail. Part the hair and get down to the skin as well to make sure you’re not missing anything.
Above anything else…
- Invest in Tick Prevention Products! – A good way to worry a lot less about ticks is to have your pet on a regular flea and tick prevention. There are all kinds or oils, collars, sprays, and even easier little medication you can give your pet monthly that looks and tastes like a treat.