October 17, 2017 - Juliet of I Love Pets
Parasites in animals are quite common and can be very annoying for your pet. In cats it is difficult for them to become infected since they are not usually very active cats outside the home and, unless they are accustomed, the chances of them going outside to catch them are minimal. But it can happen and you always have to prevent to avoid major problems.
The felines most likely to get ticks are usually those who are in contact with other animals in the home, such as dogs that usually go for walks, and cats that usually leave the house, either in the garden or for walks. To know if your cat has ticks there are certain signs that you have to detect:
Not to confuse them
Ticks are often confused with warts or pimples in cats. If we have never seen any, these are insects of various colors, brown, black or gray, and the important thing is to examine whether this supposed "wart" has legs. If you have them do not doubt that it is a tick. They are not usually seen with the naked eye so you have to examine them well.
Tips Remember that you can find a tick attached to the animal's body even after doing an antiparasitic treatment.
During the extraction and handling of the tick, It is essential to protect your hands from direct contact with the parasite using, for example, latex gloves.
After removing the tick you should wash the area of the bite with soap and water and apply an antiseptic. As well the tick should be removed by burning it or putting it in a container with a high concentration acaricide: throwing it into the toilet or trash is not an effective system to dispose of it.
If several ticks have been found in the animal's body, after removing the ones that are visible, a preventive protoloco should be established and in case of serious infestations it is preferable to go to the veterinarian to remove them.
If after having found one or more ticks attached to the animal's body and you see that the animal is weak, with fever, its mucous membranes are pale, and / or has joint pain, you have to make an appointment with the veterinarian.