Friday, March 2, 2012

Did you know that ticks are harmful to humans?

Source: Weekender, Post Courier, February 25-26, 2012
By Deborah Moses
Have you even realised that the health of your dog can contribute towards a healthier you? I suppose you may ask, why worry? Well, here are some reasons why we should be conscious. Firstly, one of the most common health issues with pets is the tick and flea problem. This problem can be easily identified amongst many pets in PNG. However, we fail to see this as a threat to our well-being. Ticks are small spider-like animals that bite to fasten themselves onto the skin and feed on blood. Ticks live in the fur and feathers of many birds and animals. Tick bites occur most often during in hot/wet season and in areas where there are many animals and birds. Most ticks do not carry diseases, and most tick bites do not cause serious health problems. But it is important to remove a tick as soon as you find it. Ticks can be harmful if you are bitten during feeding. Many of the diseases ticks carry cause flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches. Therefore, it is important for us to prevent this from happening.
The RSPCA vet clinic sells shampoos and tick collars, which could help prevent tick bites. However, another option would be to keep an open eye for RSPCA ads in the media for RSPCA pound dog baths or Community Dog Dips to rid your pet of the tick and flea problem. The RSPCA will be hosting pound dog baths every first Saturday of every month. So, if you’re interested, the RSPCA will be hosting a dog bath on the Saturday 3rd of March. Community Dog Dips are an outreach program organized with the help of various communities. If you think, your community would like RSPCA to conduct a community dog dip in your area, please do not hesitate to come into the clinic to enquire or call us on 325 2363. During this organized dog baths, Dogs are washed in medicated warm hydro-baths, and later, trained RSPCA staff ensure that the dog is cleared from head to tail and toe from ticks and fleas. Picture caption: A dog being treated for tick problems during a RSPCA pound dog bath

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