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Coming This Spring – Ticks Galore!

The Allie's blog is about tips, products, and other information that help maintain your pets healthy lifestyle.

2012 decided that spring would come early. In the past month, we've experienced warm weather that was even beach worthy at some points.  But, because of the warmer weather we've been having, this means ticks are more likely to come out this spring in bigger numbers.

According to a report on Yahoo! "Eggs will hatch sooner.  Eggs are already in the ground, but this is the time that they will be coming out in great numbers."  Normal tick season is from May to August but because of the warm weather you may have already started to see ticks back in April.

One thing that is never mentioned about ticks is the fact that they can survive over the winter. That's right, ticks burrow deep into the ground or even in wild animals to stay safe from the winter. 

There are two reasons why this may be.  For one, the tick living cycle can be from three months to as much as three years.  Ticks also when they are full from feeding off a host, will drop off their host and search for a new one.  This is another way ticks have an advantage in finding your pets or yourself to feed upon.  That's why we have some tips for this spring and some products that will better protect your pets from the upcoming tick season.

Take a stance against ticks and even fleas by: 

  • Have several brushes and combs, so that you can check your pet easier after taking them out for a walk or just when they go outside in general.
  • Get proper medications and vaccinations when needed.  Your vet is always there to help you.  Staying on top of vaccinations and even medications can help ward off these nasty critters.
  • Avoid tall grass and brush while outdoors. These are preying grounds for ticks.
  • Call your vet immediately if you think your pets or animals have ticks to make sure they don’t contract any diseases. 
    Diseases such as Lyme disease can be contracted after 36 to 48 hours.
  • We also recommend several products that can help your pet
    • Frontline
    • Biospot
    • Richard's Organic Flea and Tick
      Spray
    • K9 Advantix
    • Fibroguard

Always feel free to ask us at the store (401-294-9121) or e-mail us at customerservice@alliesstore.com if you have any questions about your pets and ticks. Happy Spring!!

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Lauren Costa May 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I've found several ticks on my dog this year already, just from playing in short grass in my backyard. It's time consuming to check his long hair, but definitely worth it to find them before they've bitten.
Stephen Briggs Jr June 01, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Allie's has it!
Stephen Briggs Jr June 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
We can special order it for you! Give us a call at the store or stop in and we'll set something up!
portsmouthgirl63 June 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
I found a tick on myself yesterday after playing with my grandson in our yard, thankfully he had none on him....I will do a "tick check" from now on.
Jillian Preble June 11, 2012 at 11:14 PM
to get Lyme the tick must be a lyme tick, must be female, must be on you for 24 hours, and must be a carrier of Lyme. Once removed, take a sharpie and make a small circle where it was removed from. You can have the actual tick sent to a lab to be analyzed. The tick nipper is awesome. It is made for humans and pets and barely pinches. If the head if left on- the skin grows from the inside out and the head will pop out soon enough. they love warm places, dogs' ears, backs of your knees, behind ears.......Yes, I have had my fair share of ticks between having dogs and working outside!

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