Tick PreventionIt’s no secret that animals love the outdoors, and our pets are no exception. Whether it is something as simple as running around and playing in the yard or something more challenging like taking a hike, it is important to encourage our pets to be active. However, just as humans should put on sunblock and bug spray before going outside, it is important for us to take the proper precautions when it comes to protecting our pets outside.

Tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease can be very harmful and even deadly to pets. If your pets are going to be exposed to wooded areas, tall grass, or even tall bushes, they can be at risk for picking up ticks. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your pets are safe when indulging in their natural instinct to enjoy the outdoors:

1. Vaccinate.

For dogs, the Lyme vaccine is an option to include as a part of annual exams and booster vaccines. If your dog is often outside or on trails, this vaccine is important to consider giving him. Ask your veterinarian if this vaccine is the right choice for your pet’s preventative treatment.

2. Consider a flea and tick preventative.

There are many options on the market for flea and tick preventatives for both cats and dogs. Most medications are given as a monthly chewable tablet, but topical medications are also available. Talk to your veterinarian about which options are best for your pet.

3. Keep your pet well-groomed.

In addition to vaccinating your pet and putting him on a preventative, it is important to maintain his hygiene and keep his coat clean and well-trimmed. Whether you are doing the grooming yourself or seeking professional help, ask your veterinarian for grooming recommendations for your pet’s specific breed.

While there are many steps you can take to help protect your pet from tick-borne illnesses, it is important to remember that they are just as the name suggests: preventative. These steps are only effective if they are continual and well maintained. Your pet was made for the outdoors, so let him enjoy it! Talk to your veterinarian today about how you can better protect your pet in the outdoors.