Pets are important to your family, and protecting them from tick-bites and tick-borne disease should be part of your tick bite prevention program. Not only do you want to keep your pets healthy, but dogs and cats that roam in tick areas can be a risk to your family by bringing ticks to you when you least expect it. There are several steps that, when used together, will greatly reduce tick encounters for your pet and your family :
Preventing tick bites is the first line of defense for keeping your pets safe. There are many different products on the market today that protect your pets from tick-transmitted diseases. The most popular tick bite prevention products are topical sprays and spot-ons. Correctly and timely applied to your pets skin, these products can greatly reduce the chances of tick bites. Products that kill on contact will keep your pet from bringing in ticks that may pose a risk to you or your family members.
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Vaccinations are a necessary part of maintaining your pets health. In areas where Lyme disease is highly endemic, particularly the Northeastern U.S., it is recommended to have your pet vaccinated against Lyme disease-causing bacteria. A vaccine is available for dogs that provides an additional layer of protection and significantly reduces the chance of contracting Lyme disease even when bitten by an infected tick. No vaccine or repellent is 100%, but combining immunization with once-a-month tick preventive treatments provides your dog with the maximum protection against ticks Lyme disease. Will not protect your pet against anaplasmosis.
A great way to keep ticks off your pets is to keep your pets away from the ticks. At home this may be easier than you think! Create a tick-safe zone so your pets are safe and also keep them from bringing ticks home to your family.
Grooming pets after a walk outside through the woods or trails can help protect your pet and family. Dogs and cats typically encounter many more ticks than people do. Because they have thick fur, ticks may take a while before biting a dog or cat. If your dog or cat comes into the house before the tick is attached, their ticks may latch onto you or other family members.