If you own a dog, you've probably gone through tick removal a few times by now. It's an unfortunate part of having a furry companion, but it's important to administer care as soon as you spot one of these parasites to help protect your pet.
It's equally essential to administer tick prevention on your pet to try and avoid these situations. Ticks are found everywhere in the U.S., so there's no escaping these bloodsuckers, but taking your pet into the vet for Lyme disease immunization and purchasing other products that will deter these pests will give your dog a better chance of avoiding other tick-borne diseases.
If you live in an area that's prone to ticks, such as a house that's surrounded by woods, or a warm climate where these parasites can thrive, it may be wise to have your pet immunized against Lyme disease. The University of Rhode Island's TickEncounter Resource pointed out that no vaccines will protect a pet 100 percent, but that it certainly helps defend your dog against Lyme disease.
Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. stated that Lyme disease vaccination is important, and pointed out that it may take follow-up shots in later weeks. Speak to your vet about the procedure and schedule appointments ahead of time to ensure that your dog gets every shot.
Provide further protection
Lyme disease immunization is only an additional layer of protection for your dog. Therefore, purchase pest repellent products, such as the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar with Reflect-X Shield™ for Dogs and Puppies, which your dog can wear. This product keeps the chemicals focused on your pet and away from you, ensuring all-around protection for both parties.
You can also administer Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea and Tick Drops for Dogs and Puppies, which last for 30 days and prevents re-infestation for up to a month. Remember that pest prevention products for dogs can't be used on cats. Furthermore, drops come in different dosages depending on your pet's size.
There are many steps that can be taken to protect your dog against Lyme disease, and combining immunization with preventive products is one of the best methods.
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