How to avoid ticks when heading outdoors

Ticks are resilient and dangerous parasites.

Ticks are resilient and dangerous parasites. They're more than just a nuisance, as they can carry and transmit disease. That's why pet owners have to pay close attention to flea and tick control, especially those who like to be active with their dogs. Hiking, jogging or playing outside with your pet is great, but make sure to take preventative measures before you head outdoors.

"Ticks wait on the forest floor, leaf litter, or low vegetation and attach to feet or shoes of people or legs of animals as they pass by," Dr. Jody Hershey, director of the West Piedmont Health District told the Martinsville Bulletin.

The source also shared the fact that there aren't vaccines for some of the diseases that ticks are known to carry, which is why it's crucial that pet owners work to prevent tick bites on from happening in the first place. Protect your dog from ticks year-round with Hartz® UltraGuard® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs. This waterproof collar can keep fleas and ticks off your dog for seven months.

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz®. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.