Once again, it’s tick season all over the country. Tick bites are painful, annoying and itchy. That’s not the worst part, though—ticks also carry a myriad of diseases and parasites, and their bites can cause serious long-term problems for both humans and animals. Some of these issues that arise from tick bites can necessitate a trip to an emergency animal clinic in D’Iberville, MS. Here are a few of the things all pet owners should know about ticks and tick bites:
- General tick information: Although they’re not all the same species, ticks live in every corner of the country. All ticks are typically found in tall grass and other wooded areas. Regardless of the species, all ticks feed on human and animal blood. Ticks also tend to carry nasty diseases like anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. More importantly, ticks can carry potentially lethal parasites like tapeworms and heartworms.
- Symptoms of tick bites: When ticks bite, they don’t just suck blood. Any tick carrying the aforementioned diseases and/or tapeworms and heartworms can easily pass that on to your pet. The good news is that your pets will show some symptoms of being bitten by a tick. Severe symptoms of a tick bite include vomiting or regurgitation, difficulty eating, partial loss of muscle movement and even total paralysis. Only the vet at an emergency animal clinic in D’Iberville, MS will know for sure if your dog has any problem caused by a tick bite. Bring your pet in often to have him or her inspected by a vet for heartworms and tapeworms, which often don’t show outward symptoms that a regular pet owner would be likely to notice.
- Tick bite treatment: If your pet has been bitten by a tick, it’s important that you bring them to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. While it’s possible to remove a tick by yourself, it’s probably a good idea to bring your pet in to a vet to ensure the tick is removed correctly and that there aren’t any other complications to be concerned about. Your vet will be able to treat the bite and any issues that resulted from it. Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to tick bites!
- Tick prevention: Luckily, there are things pet owners can do to mitigate the risk of their furry friend being bitten by a tick in the first place. The easiest way to prevent a tick bite is with preventative flea and tick medicine. There are plenty of fairly inexpensive medicines for all animals that do wonders to prevent both fleas and ticks. Ask your vet which preventative product is best for your pet. While those will hopefully prevent ticks from biting your pet in the first place, make sure your pet is on heartworm and tapeworm medicine. If your pet is bitten by a tick, those medicines will prevent the parasites from affecting your dog.
Don’t hesitate to bring your pet in to our emergency animal clinic in D’Iberville, MS if you see any of the symptoms of a tick bite. As long as it’s treated quickly, our experienced and knowledgeable staff should be able to remedy any issues that arise from an encounter with a tick.