Keep your whole family safe from the tick-born illnesses on the rise
Concord and the surrounding towns have amazing conservation lands, parks, and other outdoor spaces that make our area a walk and play paradise for you and your dog. Along with fresh air, fun, and exercise, our great outdoors comes with plenty of those perilous pests – ticks.
All three carry diseases such as Lyme, Anasplasmosis and Powassan. All three diseases can make people and our canine companions very sick.
While people follow precautions for keeping themselves safe from ticks such as using bug spray and wearing long pants and socks, it’s important to do the same for our four-legged friends, too.
How Can I Keep My Dog Safe from Tick-Borne Diseases?
Our veterinarians at Concord Animal Hospital strongly recommend using tick preventatives such as Bravecto or Simparica. Talk to one of our veterinarians to determine the best product for your pet given their potential exposure to ticks and lifestyle.
Please use a tick preventative year-round! Frost and freezing temps DO NOT kill ticks. Our veterinarians see plenty of dogs with tick-borne illnesses throughout the winter, particularly during this past, particularly mild winter.
See our special offer at the end of this blog post with savings on a multi-dose purchase of tick preventatives.
Our vets also suggest taking added precautions such keeping your dogs out of long grass or and away from undergrowth. These areas are where dogs like to sniff and explore, but they are also prime hangouts for ticks.
After a walk, the American Kennel Association recommends checking some spot you might forget to look, such as inside ears and between toes, just to make sure your pet didn’t bring any ticks home with them.
What Do I Do If I Find a Tick on My Dog?
If you find a tick on your dog, remove it as soon as possible! If it hasn’t attached itself yet, there is no risk of tick-borne illness for your pet.
If it has attached, grasp the tick with a pair of tweezers as close to the site of attachment as you can and pull straight back.
If you have found an attached tick, particularly one that is engorged, the MSPCA advises noting the date and time to discuss with your veterinarian.
Continue watching for the following symptoms*:
If you observe any of these symptoms following a tick bite, contact us immediately to make an appointment. Typically tick borne-illnesses respond well to a course of antibiotics, so don’t delay in contacting us!
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Visit Concord Animal Hospital at 245 Baker Avenue in Concord during hour normal business hours to pick up your flea & tick preventatives. No appointment necessary!
SPECIAL OFFER: When you purchase multiple doses of Bravecto at CAH, you qualify for a manufacturer rebate.