Tick season is upon us! It is very important that you are on the lookout for ticks. The dreaded paralysis tick is generally found in warm coastal areas, however lately paralysis ticks are being found on dogs that haven’t left Canberra! Here are a couple of tips to help you prevent or identify ticks:
Tick prevention treatment. Particularly if you are heading to the coast with your pooch, always take the necessary precautions with a tick prevention treatment which you can buy at your local vet or pet store.
Regular grooming. If you have quite a hairy pooch that receives clipping, you can choose to take their coat shorter than usual to help with detecting ticks. If you have a dog that requires de-shedding, removing the excess dead undercoat in a de-shed session could help make it easier to find ticks. If you would like to book in a groom please feel free to book online, email or call (0430 535 034).
Search for ticks on your dog. Even with tick protection and regular grooming, you must still thoroughly check your dog over as ticks can still find their way onto your pet. Feel over the entire body, brushing your fingers through the fur with enough pressure to find any lumps.
The below pictures (Thanks to my doggy Stevie for being such a good model in the photos ?) show a few of the spots that ticks like to hide so pay close attention to these areas:
If you suspect your dog might have a tick, you can call Canberra Vet Hospital on 6241 3333 or Canberra Veterinary Emergency Services (after-hours) on 6225 7257 or the local vet in your area.
If you would like to book in a grooming session at Scooby & Friends Dog Grooming, please schedule a session by booking online, email or call (0430 535 034). Feel free to ask for your dog’s coat to be taken shorter than usual if you would like.