Are you bringing a pet with you for your camping trip? Are you worried that your pet might get a tick infestation while you’re camping and get sick? Well, you need to know how to check for ticks to avoid such an issue. Here’s what you need to know.
• Know The Various Types Of Ticks And Their Behaviors
When you’re checking your pet for ticks, you should know the 2 different types. That way, you’re able to distinguish ticks from any other pests. For instance, ticks often attach to the host to allow effortless sucking of blood. Note that once they are full it’s hard for the ticks to move so you can easily remove them from your pet.
• Checking Your Pet
You can consider cutting your pet’s fur to make sure it’s easier to identify the pests. Of course, you can check using a magnifying glass but it’s going to take a longer time. Additionally, you can use water to part your pet’s fur allowing you to see the parasite easily. You should use your fingertips to feel your pet’s skin thoroughly. Check everywhere on your pet’s body including the legs, scrotum, back, around the eyes and the belly.
Before going on a camping trip with your pet, you can protect it from tick infestation by using ointments, shampoos and sprays with anti-tick protection. Of course, you should continue checking your pet regularly for ticks because the protection doesn’t work 100%. Most ticks are likely to be found in wooded areas, so while you’re camping you should check more often. Try to stick to the campsite and avoid walking your pet through heavily wooded areas.
Ticks are responsible for causing Lyme disease and numerous health complications on pets. So make a habit of checking your pet for ticks regularly when you’re camping.