Several species of ticks are known to bite people and pets, and may harbor dangerous bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Not all ticks carry diseases, but tick-borne diseases do occur in our area, and can be serious or fatal if not properly diagnosed and treated. In Michigan we have 5 species of ticks, the most common species are American Dog Tick (wood tick) 76%, Blacklegged Tick (deer tick) 15%, Lone Star Tick 5 %, Woodchuck Tick 3 % and the Brown Dog Tick (kennel tick) 1%. Because of this we want to make sure you are using the appropriate prevention for your pet and their lifestyle.
Here at the clinic we have both typical and oral prevention. There is not one product that is perfect for everyone and their pet, so together we can create a treatment plan that best suites your needs. Now with this being said no product is 100 % we still recommend you check your pet on a regular basis.
Visual and hands-on inspections are especially important to make sure a tick is not hidden in the fur.
• Make sure to run your hands over the animal’s body with sufficient pressure to feel any bumps.
• Be sure to check around the animal’s ears, chest, underbelly, legs, feet (including between the toes) and tail.
• Try to avoid wooded or grassy areas when walking your pet.
We receive many phone calls a week asking how to remove a tick properly. Ticks can attach to any part of the human body and pets.
To remove attached ticks, use the following procedure:
1. Using fine‑tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool (we carry these in the clinic), grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible then slowly, but firmly, pull it straight out. DO NOT jerk the tick, apply petroleum jelly, a hot match, or other irritants. This can lead to a skin infection because the tick’s mouth parts may remain embedded, or you can burn yourself or the pet.
2. Immediately wash the bite area and your hands with soap and water then apply an antiseptic to the bite wound.
If at anytime you have any questions regarding a tick or tick prevention please call the clinic (231)582-6266. We are here to help educate you and keep you and your pet safe!!!
Please visit http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases for additional information about ticks in Michigan.