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Protecting your furry friends from ticks.

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This tick season is shaping up to be pretty brutal.

Many of you have found ticks on your pets or yourselves in the past and most likely will in the future as well.

So how can you keep you and your furry friends tick free?

Well, that's pretty impossible but we do know how you can properly take them off.

Ticks come out in masses during this time of the year but no one wants their furry friend to end up with ticks on them.

Veterinarians said one tick isn't the end of the world but four or five on a small animal could be a big deal.

Animal Hospital Vet Tech Sarah Mcleod said, "If you see anything where they have a lot of ticks on them and they're not acting normally like if they're lethargic and having trouble getting around that's something you should definitely bring your pet in for."

She said checking your pets after being outside is essential to keeping a healthy pet.

When checking your dog for ticks you want to make sure you're checking their armpits and looking at places where ticks like to hide.

Sarah said besides animals armpits ticks also like to hide near their tails and in their ears.

She said the easiest way to get rid of a tick if you find one is to pull it out with tweezers and place the tick in rubbing alcohol.

She said never try to burn the tick off or put Vaseline or alcohol directly on the tick while it's still attached.

Sarah explained, "That can make the animal actually sick because the tick can regurgitate so you definitely don't want to do that you want to remove them first before doing anything to the tick."

Most people have tweezers and rubbing alcohol in their homes but if you're going camping Sarah said to make sure you make and bring a tick removal pack with you.

If you find a tick on your furry friend and you pull it out and the head of the tick stays in then the Animal Hospital said all you have to do is put a little bit of Neosporin on there and their immune system will take care of the rest.

Animal Hospital recommends adding checking your pet for ticks into your daily routine after walking them or taking them out to ensure they stay tick free.
 

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