Ticks can be a year-round problem in warm-climate areas, such as Scottsdale. Animal hospitals must contend with pets suffering from tick bites and the consequences that can occur. If you suspect ticks on your pet, then read on to learn what to feel and look for to rule out ticks.
Feel for Bumps
During tick season, pet your dog or cat frequently to feel for small bumps. You may feel these bumps easier when running your fingers through her fur. However, it is important to apply light pressure to her skin to feel potential ticks as well. If you feel a small bump or irregularity, then examine the area further. Ensure you understand what a tick looks like, so you can distinguish between a normal skin issue and a possible tick.
Check Between Crevices
In addition to feeling for bumps on your pet’s skin, check certain areas around her body. These might be small crevices—such as between her toes and under her armpits—or in folds of her skin. Check her ears, tail, and head for any signs of ticks. If you notice your pet scratching at a certain area more often or with intense vigor, then examine this area right away.
Look for Ticks
It is vital that you know what a tick looks like and its habits to ensure your dog or cat is safe. Ticks may vary from the size of a lentil to a small grape. They may be black or dark brown, but you may also see ticks that are grayish-white. This color often occurs after a tick has fed on its host. Examine your property, and the areas your pet frequently inhabits, for signs of ticks. Ask neighbors and your veterinarian hospital if there are recent outbreaks in your area.
If you have any concerns about ticks in your area or treating your pet for ticks, then please call Horizon Animal Hospital at (480) 800-4559. Our staff is trained, experienced, and professional when handling all types of veterinary needs.