Tick Talk

By Susan Aiello • Published: September 1st, 2011
Category: Animal Airwaves

They can lie dormant for months and then infest any passing animal, sucking up to two hundred pounds of blood in one season. We’re not talking about the movie “Alien,” but the common tick.

In most warm areas like the Southwest, ticks are a year-round bane of wildlife, livestock, pets and people, causing everything from anemia to Lyme disease.

Fortunately, you can beat these pesky parasites by taking a few simple steps. Some flea control products also kill or repel ticks, so keep applications up-to-date. Check both people and pets thoroughly after being in wooded or brushy areas. If you find ticks, don’t panic. They must be attached for about 24 hours to pass on disease, so prompt removal may prevent illness.

Your vet can show you the proper way to remove and dispose of these pests so that you and your pet can be tick-free, instead of ticked off.