What You Need to Know About Tick Prevention for Dogs and Cats from Consumer Reports
This step-by-step guide can help keep your furry friends free of diseases
Even if you remember to wear insect repellent and regularly check yourself, it’s easy to forget that your pets are vulnerable to these sneaky critters, too.
Ticks prefer moist, wooded, and shady hiding places, such as tall grass, brush, and shrubs, and they can lurk in nonwild places, too, like your backyard. In order to survive, they feed on the blood of humans and animals.
After a tick bite, your cat or dog could develop a serious illness, such as Lyme disease (which can cause symptoms such as an abnormal gait or stance, fever, lethargy, and enlarged lymph nodes); cytauxzoonosis (a parasitic infection, specific to cats, that can cause difficulty breathing, fever, loss of appetite, jaundice, coma, and death); skin irritation or infection at the site of the wound; and other complications. That's according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to protecting your pets from ticks, but there are ways to minimize the danger. (If your pet does get Lyme, treatment usually involves several weeks of antibiotics.)
Here are three strategies to help keep your dog or cat tick-free.
See the full article from Julia Calderone and Catherine Roberts on Consumer Report's website here.
May 6, 2022
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