Ticks, the issue no one wants to think about, but we all know is there.
It is bad enough to discover one on your own or your kid’s arm, but I panic at the discovery of one under my pup’s thick fur. This is the part of dog parenting I wish there was a handbook for, but the experience itself teaches you far more than you ever wanted to know about the effects of ticks on your pet.
The warm climates and summer months make wonderful conditions for ticks to parade around in wooded and tall grass areas, ready to pounce on their next victim.
Around the beginning of July, I remember taking JoJo out a hike that began with a walk through the woods. I will admit I did not prepare to play defense against these pests. When we got home, I combed through JoJo’s hair and stumbled upon the worst surprise: THREE ticks!!!
Now it is not a life or death situation to discover ticks on your pet, but it can certainly lead to concerning issues that come with parasites. This may look like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme’s Disease, and anemia. This surely is not the case everytime, but it can be if ticks are left alone to roam your dog.
I chose not to panic on the outside, and grabbed tweezers, gloves, and a jar with a bit of rubbing alcohol. I will spare you the details for both your and my sake, simply to say, the ticks were out and put into the jar, and the areas where poor JoJo ‘hosted’ were thoroughly disinfected.
Now I could have highly lessened the chances of this little invasion with proper care. Your vet can recommend shampoos, sprays and other treatments to aid in preventing ticks. For my natural product using friends, linked here is an essential oil blend for a tick and flea spray.
While these products do lessen the chances of finding ticks, it is still a novel idea to be aware during the warm summer months and comb through your pets’ hair regularly.
We want the best for our furry friends and their summer vacation, so the least we can do is protect them from sneaky parasites!
essential oil recipe