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10 Tips to Stay Safe from Ticks

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10. Ticks crawl up

Unlike fleas and other parasites, ticks crawl up. They tend to attach to your feet and hen climb up. They are trying to reach your head where the skin is thinner and easier to get blood. They will try to climb up your whole body.

9. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes

If you see a big tick it is likely full of blood. Most of the time when you see a tick it will be smaller, and therefore waiting to eat.

8. Ticks can be active even in the winter

It is not just a summer issue. For instance, Deer ticks don’t become active until after the first frost. They are also not killed by cold temperatures. In New Mexico, it doesnt get that cold, so ticks that go dormant in the winter in other areas of the country may not go dormant here. This is why you need to have active flea and tick prevention year round.

7. Ticks carry disease

There are a number of diseases carried by ticks such as Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsiae, even encephalitis-causing viruses, and possibly Bartonella bacteria. Back in the day, tick bites were more of an annoyance but now a bite is much more likely to make you sick.

6. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria

The only good news about Deer ticks is that they are the only tick that carries Lyme disease. So if you have been bitten by a tick, it is important to find out what kind it is. Because if you get sick, knowing the kind of tick can help identify what disease you may have contracted.

5. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection

Most ticks take 24 hours to infect you. That means they have to be attached to you and feeding for 24 hours before you are at serious risk of infetion. This is why it is important to do a thorough tick check after walking in areas where you could have picked some up, and remove them immediatly.

4. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin

Ticks usually climb up under your clothes…yes under. They like to hide in hard to find places, like in hair, or behind your knee’s. They are often very small, about the side of a seed. So look very closely when you are checking yourself because they are easy to miss.

3. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer

You may think you can pluck a tick with your fingers, but you are at risk of squeezing out all their bacteria into you by doing that. The best way is to use tweezers, that way you can grab them right next to the skin and pull them out like a splinter. If you successfully remove it, try to save it for identification.

 

2. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites

For your pets the best prevention is Frontline Flea and Tick treatment. One treatment will keep your pets free of ticks for a month! For people, getting some clothing with built in tick repellent is a good idea. These clothes keep your skin protected and will last a long time.

1. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable

The best way to avoid a tick disease is to avoid being bitten. If you have them in your yard, get your yard treated for ticks immediately. Keep your pets safe by treating them with Frontline.

Remember these 10 things and you’ll stay safer.

What is a cherry eye?

If you have owned a Cocker Spaniel, Bulldog, Beagle, Bloodhound, Lhasa Apso, or Shih Tzu, then you are probably familiar with Cherry Eye. It affects these breeds the most. A cherry eye is a prolapsed gland in the dog’s third eyelid. It is called a cherry eye because of how it looks.

It can affect both cats and dogs, but is more typical in younger dogs.

Symptoms

  • Oval mass protruding from the dogs third eyelid
  • Swelling
  • Irritation

 

 

Treatment

The most common treatment for cherry eye is surgery in combination with anti-inflammatory drugs to help reduce swelling.

Treatment often includes surgical replacement of the gland in the dog’s eye, or removal of the entire gland if the condition is severe. Conversely, if medications are recommended, they are typically topical anti-inflammatory drugs that are effective in reducing swelling.

 

If you think your dog has cherry eye, or is developing it, bring them into your vet. If you catch it early enough, you may be able to treat with just medication.

At Vetco at our Albuquerque veterinary clinic and our Los Lunas veterinary clinic we offer low-cost cherry eye removal surgery. If you are concerned, call to make an appointment with one of our qualified vets.

Recipe: Chicken Jerky

homemade dog jerkyHomemade jerky is a lot healthier than the store bought which has a ton of preservatives. It is a healthy alternative and easy to make. It will last up to 2 weeks if stored in an air tight container. Of course, your dog will likely eat them faster than that. Great thing about this recipe is there is only one ingredient.
Ingredients
2 to 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Makes 10-20 strips

Directions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Trim all excess fat off the chicken breasts
Cut into 1/8 inch thick strips
Bake for 2 hours on a baking sheet until strips are dry and hard
Cool completely

Because this is chicken, you really want to make sure that the chicken is fully cooked.

 

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