You’ve probably been bringing your dog along camping for quite awhile now and are aware that ticks can be something to pay attention to. If not, there are a few things to know that will assist you in keeping your pet safe from ticks and give you peace of mind as well.
Understand Ticks and Their Behaviors
In Virginia you’ll find three varieties of tick:
The Blacklegged Tick (also known as Deer Tick) – they are very small and are the primary carriers of Lyme disease.
Brown Dog Tick – these ticks are more likely to be found on dogs than humans. For dogs, they can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. You’ll usually find them in your dogs ears and between their toes.
Lone Star Tick -this tick will go for both humans and animals. It doesn’t carry Lyme disease but can infect its host with STARI which will give you or your pet a lifelong allergy to meat. Sounds crazy but it’s true.
•Checking Your Pet
Be sure to do a thorough sweep of your pet daily if you’ve been outside with them at all. Part the fur so you can see right down to the skin. Check all areas of your pet, from top to bottom. Be sure to look in their ears and between their toes, too.
There are sprays and powders you can use to discourage ticks but they aren’t 100% effective. You best weapon against ticks is to avoid thickly wooded areas or deep grass. Check thoroughly and frequently, removing any ticks you find immediately.
We want you and your beloved dogs to have a wonderful time while you’re camping in Virginia so please take these precautions while you roam. You can find out more about ticks at Types of Ticks in Maryland and Virginia.