Ticks: Protect your animal and yourself

Ticks: Protect your animal and yourself

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Even with the extreme weather our area had this winter, the cold did nothing to keep down the number of ticks expected to make life miserable for pets this spring.

Veterinarians say that all animals should be routinely checked for ticks this spring and summer, and when you find the pesky parasites, they should be removed with tweezers or forceps and then destroyed.

The biggest help you can be to your pet is to make sure they are on a tick and flea prevention regimen.

“There’s some very good preventatives out on the market that are both safe and effective for your pet,” Dr. Rachel Carpenter, veterinarian at Cherokee Animal Hospital, said. “We have topical products that you can use for ticks and collars that you can use to help prevent ticks, and this year they are coming out with a new product that is a chewable tablet.”

If you have indoor pets, Carpenter said to keep them on tick and flea medication as well, and do periodic checks of all indoor animals.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, ticks live in grassy and wooded areas.

Tick reportedly can transmit potentially fatal diseases, such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and tularemia.

Along with checking pets, people should also be careful and check regularly for ticks.

The CDC website recommends that people check for ticks in and around the hair, in and around the ears, under the arms, inside the belly button, between the legs and the back of the knees.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/.

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