Ticks are bloodsucking parasites and they carry many diseases that can affect both pets and people. Pet parents should take ticks seriously. One of the best ways to protect your pet from tick-borne disease is to know where to check your dog for ticks and how often.
Tick prevention should be a year-round undertaking. While ticks abound during summer, this does not mean they go into hibernation once the days grow cooler, as summer turns into fall, and eventually winter. Some ticks that are capable of transmitting disease have developed the ability to become immune to the cold. Studies have been able to establish the fact that these ticks have developed a type of glycoprotein that acts as their bodies’ antifreeze mechanism to survive in harsh conditions.
The important places to check your pet dog for ticks include:
- Areas under the chin and neck
- Between the toes
- In the groins and armpits
- Inside the dog’s ears and around the folds of the ear
Your Greenwood, IN veterinarian can help you create a year-round tick prevention program to protect your dog against tick bites and being infected with tick-borne infections. To learn more, click here.