Experts warn of active tick season
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – “It’s never cold enough in Kentucky to completely light up ticks and leaks, even in winter,” said Dr. Hudson,
It’s peak season for ticks this summer and experts are warning they are seeing an increase in the potentially dangerous small insect.
“We see them all the time,” Dr. Hudson said.
Dr Hudson says she is seeing a surge in the number of animals arriving at hospital with ticks.
Ticks can cause many illnesses if left untreated.
“There are certain diseases that they can contract from ticks that they can never completely eliminate. It is one of those that they could potentially have a career for the rest of their life. prevention is therefore the best treatment, ”said Dr Hudson.
The CDC says dogs are very susceptible to tick bites. Due to the fur of dogs, ticks can be difficult to detect. Dr. Hudson recommends using a fine-toothed comb to brush your pet after you’re out or if you’re looking for ticks.
“The easiest places to look at first are on the stomach, below, just because the hair is a little thinner. Looking inside the ears is a common place for them because there is less hair, ”said Dr. Hudson. Really when I check my dogs I just use my hands to smell. I just ran my hands through their fur and you try to feel that little lump.
The most important thing is monthly flea and tick prevention which you can ideally get from your local vet. Dr Hudson says over-the-counter products aren’t as effective. “Almost any product that you take orally will be more effective than the topical that you apply to your skin.”
Dr Hudson has also seen numerous cases of tick-borne illnesses in cats, which is rare even in the warmer months. “It’s called bob cat fever. I have seen several cases of it and it is very dangerous and potentially fatal for cats. So, yeah, I really think the risk is going up for sure.
Removing ticks within 24 hours will greatly reduce the risk of contracting a disease from ticks.
“If you go on a hike, check them carefully, great, every time you come back from the hike and remove the tick as soon as you find it,” Dr Hudson said.
If the area around the tick becomes red or swollen, contact your veterinarian.
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