Safeguard Your Pets, Too

1 Aug

After a romp outside, your dog or cat may carry ticks into your house that have attached themselves.

More than 6 percent of all dogs test positive for Lyme disease and about 3 percent for anaplasmosis or ehrlichiosis, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

To protect your family and keep pups and outdoor felines disease-free.

Vaccinate them:   If you live in an area with a high rate of Lyme disease, like the mid-Atlantic states, the Northeast, and the upper Midwest, talk to your vet about having your dog or cat vaccinated. The vaccine for dogs in tandem with a tick preventive  will give your pet the most protection, says Thomas Mather, Ph.D., of the University of Rhode Island.

Use a preventive product on them:   Many products on the market kill ticks, but it’s ideal to use one that also repels them. Two that are claimed to do this, but have not been tested by Consumer Reports, are K9 Advantix 11 and the Seresto Collar.

Restrict them:   A solid fence will keep out wildlife that transmit ticks, such as deer. If you have an electric fence, use it to keep your pets from wondering into tick habitats, such as property edges that lead into deep woods.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health July 2017

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