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To reduce the chances of tick-borne diseases:
- Check animals daily, especially after they are outdoors
- Immediately remove any ticks that are found
- Discuss the use of tick preventatives with your vet
3 TIPS FOR REMOVAL
1. Fine-pointed tweezers are best to use to remove a tick once it is attached. Incorrectly pulling off an attached tick can leave the head and/or mouthparts still attached to the animal.
2. Sticky duct tape will remove tick larvae before they bite.
3. Put clothing directly into a hot dryer and run for 15 minutes; the ticks will desicate.
LANDSCAPING TIPS TO REDUCE THE CHANCES OF TICKS IN YOUR YARD
• Mow grass frequently, and keep brush and bushes trimmed
• Rake and remove fallen leaves
• Store stacked wood in a dry area to deter wildlife nesting areas
• Construct a 3-foot wide barrier of gravel or wood chips between lawn and wooded areas
• Discourage deer, raccoon, and stray animals from entering yard:
- Fence area
- Promptly remove uneaten food of outside pets
- Tightly bag trash and place in lidded cans out of reach of stray and wild animals.
Ticks carry vector-borne diseases that can pose a serious health threat to your pets....
TEST YOUR PET ANNUALLY FOR THESE DISEASES:
• Lyme • Anaplasmosis • Ehrlichiosis
SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR PET(S):
• Fever • Fatigue, Joint Pain, Muscle Aches • Rash • Anemia • Paralysis • Lameness
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