Since I recently found ticks on both of the boys I thought it would be great this month to team up with Bayer Animal Health to celebrate National Pet Month and National Lyme Disease Awareness Month with a post about common and misleading tick myths, vector-borne diseases and how to keep your dog safe from these nasty things.
Myth 1: Ticks bite.
Fact: Ticks don’t actually bite they stab their mouthparts into the skin of the host. So it’s actually not a “tick bite” it’s a tick “stabbing”. Their mouthparts are what release the toxins into the host. The host is you or your pet.
Myth 2: Checking my dog for ticks is enough, isn’t it?
Fact: Ticks are so small that they normally can’t be found until about 3 days after they have already attached to the host and had a blood meal. By then many pathogens could have already been transmitted to the host.
Myth 3: My dog lives in the city so it doesn’t need tick protection.
Truth: Recent studies have shown that ticks aren’t just for country dogs. Many ticks also live in urban parks and gardens. Ticks live in weeds and tall grass. They are choosy about where that is.
Myth 4: My dog has been vaccinated against ticks so it’s protected.
Truth: The vaccine only helps protect against a few tick-borne diseases. It does not protect against ticks.
Vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, heartworm disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, can be transmitted when parasites bite your pet and take a blood meal.
Among them, Lyme disease, babesiosis, and leishmaniasis are known to veterinarians throughout the world as a growing threat. An important prevention measure is to use an effective treatment indicated for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, which can transmit deadly diseases to your dog.
Pet owners should consider a product that not only kills but also repels.