Despite today’s below average temps tick season is already underway, and area veterinarians are taking notice.
They recommend getting both cats and dogs tick and flea preventatives.
Del Rae Martin of Heart River Animal hospital recommends getting your animal on these medications as soon as possible.
And if a dog does have a tick, Martin has a few tips on how best to remove them.
Dr. Del Rae Martin, from Heart River Animal Hospital, says, “The best way to remove a tick is to part the hair and grab the tick at the base right next to the skin and pull directly out, don’t try twisting it, turning it, don’t try burning it, don’t apply alcohol. All of those things just make the tick upset and then they’ll inject bacteria and stuff like in the dogs stream.”
Del Rae had about 10 dogs today getting preventative or already had dead ticks on them.