The dog days of summer are a-comin’, but so is the dreaded tick season. Keeping Fido tick-free is important, especially being that many ticks can carry dangerous diseases, like Lyme disease. Here’s what you, your staff, and the pet parents of your Campers need to know about tick prevention this season.
What are the signs of Lyme disease in dogs?
Before we get into the signs of Lyme disease, it’s important to remember that every dog is different and will exhibit symptoms in their own way, or maybe even not at all. Typically though, dogs who have become infected will start to show any or all of the following signs 2-5 months after being bitten.
- Fever or lethargy
- Loss of appetite
- Lameness or swollen joints
How do I prevent my dog from getting tick bites and/or Lyme disease?
- Speak with your veterinarian about tick prevention to decide which product is best for your pet.
- Depending on where you live, your pet’s lifestyle and his or her health, consider vaccinating your pup against Lyme disease. Your veterinarian will be able to help you decide.
- Be extremely careful to avoid walking Fido through tall grasses, marshes, and wooded areas, as these are all places where ticks typically thrive.
- Keep your yard and shrubs clear, too. Unruly brush isn’t just a thing to look out for on walks. You may be harvesting ticks in your own yard and you don’t even know it!
- Always do a tick check before coming inside. Taking a trip to the park? Romping around in the yard? Jogging with your pup on the beach? Don’t forget to check both your pet and yourself for ticks when you’re finished!
What do I do if I find a tick on my dog?
First, don’t panic! While Lyme disease is possible, just because your pet was bitten by a tick that doesn’t mean he or she will become infected. If you notice a tick or suspect a bite, bring your pup to the vet right away. He or she will be able to safely remove the tick and can determine if further treatment is needed for your furry friend.
As a Camp owner, you’ll have the opportunity to keep pups safe while they play all day in our monitored indoor and outdoor play yards. Join the Pack and learn how you can provide pet parents and their pups a safe, fun environment for summer Camp, all while building a bright future for yourself! Dial (870) 600-2713or contact usonline to request your free executive summary.