Like Hiking with Your Pup? Here’s How to Check for Ticks

Once this winter season passes, and the snow begins to finally melt away, the time to hike with your beloved companion is here! Many pet parents love to go out into the outdoors with their faithful companion at their side, keeping them unwavering company and love. While a tour into the woods with your pup can be a relaxing and healthy experience, sometimes unwelcomed interlopers can spoil a bit of the mood. 


It’s nothing new to learn that ticks are any mammals bane in the outdoors, and that doesn’t exclude you or your dog! These parasitic arachnids infest wooded areas in the post-winter months, waiting patiently on blades of grass or shrubs for a host to pass on by. Dogs, as curious creatures, love to explore the scents and novelty of hiking trails, but this curious nature is what leads them to get exposed to ticks, who are typically waiting at the edge of trails in patient wait. 


Always Check Your Dog After a Hike 

Ticks are not benign parasites. These arachnids are known to harbor dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It’s never a good idea to leave your pup unexamined, especially if you are knowingly venturing into tick populated areas. 


A useful tool to keep handy is a fine-toothed comb to keep in your car. Use this comb to parse through your dog’s hair to find any unwelcome hitchhikers. If you find an already embedded tick, get a pair of tweezers and carefully but firmly extract the tick from the head. 


The outdoors are a wonderful place to spend with your canine companion, but always be sure to keep a vigilant eye out for ticks looking to make a meal out of you or your pup!


Exceptional Pets is Here to Help Keep Your Pup Healthy and Happy 

Here at Exceptional Pets, we take great pride and care in treating and healing our beloved patients, maladies big and small. We understand the stress a veterinary appointment can bring to pet parents, and our skilled and talented staff will answer any questions and ease any worries you may have. If you are worried about tick-borne disease affecting your dog, don’t hesitate to call and make a wellness check appointment today.