During the summer ticks can be a real nuisances to us and our pets. If you have an active, outdoor lifestyle the odds of running into a tick are very high. If you know you are going to be around ticks make sure you wear long sleeves and pants. Tuck your pants into your socks and try to keep your whole body as covered as possible. After your activity take a shower and do a tick-check. If you have been bitten by a tick, remove the tick with tweezers and wash the area with soap and warm water. Always watch a bite and if it starts to look red or raised see your doctor.
Pets are not as easily protected. You will have to do a tick-check for your four legged friends to keep them healthy. If you find on tick on your animal there are few things you can try. The first is using a tweezer to try and pull the tick all the way out. Vaseline on the tick and around the area may cause the tick to come out on its own. I have also heard that olive oil works well. Putting an antiseptic on the bite after the tick is removed can be beneficial also. Whatever you choose make sure the whole tick is out, or pay a visit to your vet. Lyme disease in dogs can be very dangerous-so keep an eye on your furry friends!