Are dogs more likely to catch ticks at the beach?

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Ticks at the beach

Where can dogs catch ticks?

How to prevent ticks?

How to treat ticks?

Most people think ticks are only creeping around in forests or long grass, but your dog is just as likely to get bit by a tick at the beach, as it is away from the coast. If you want to relax and not have to deal with pesky parasites on your next trip to the seaside, keep reading.

Ticks at the beach

Oh I do like to be by the seaside - sang every tick ever! It might seem a little surprising but these blood-sucking creatures are good at adapting, they can be hiding in beach grass and vegetation, as well as sand dunes. Unlike fleas, which like to jump onto pets’ fur, ticks are more patient and wait for pets to brush past them. We call them opportunists as they are always on the lookout for pets to dig their nashers into. For all the dogs out there that love to sniff every crook and cranny of the beach, heads up pet parents, you might be bringing home more than just sand in their fur.

Where can dogs catch ticks?

There are lots of different areas near the beach that ticks like to hang out at:

  • Beach grass and dunes: Ticks love vegetation. The beach grass and dunes are top tier habitats for ticks because of the shade and moisture, which helps them survive.

  • Coastal woodlands: Many beaches are near wooded areas or have trails leading through forests. These are first on a tick’s list of places to be.

  • Shoreline vegetation: Low-lying shrubs and plants near the shoreline can also be an ideal spot for ticks, especially when it’s warm.

  • Dog parks and picnic areas: Any area where wildlife likes to be, will attract ticks and parks are no exception to this.

Our biggest tip is to stay vigilant regardless of where you are. Ticks love an adventure just like you, so don’t be surprised if you find one on your dog, even in the most random of locations.

How to prevent ticks?

Prevention is always better than cure, so let’s stop them ticks for good! Here’s our recommendations:

  • Use tick preventatives

    Using monthly tick preventatives, such as spot-on treatments, oral medications, or tick collars will repel ticks and kill them before they can transmit any diseases. Try the Itch Flea treatment for dogs which kills adult fleas, ticks and lice all in 24 hours.

  • Do regular inspections

    After a trip to the beach, give your dog a proper good check. Thoroughly look at their ears, neck, underbelly, and between the toes because ticks love to attach themselves in these spots.

  • Stay on the path

    When walking near the beach or in coastal woodlands, try to stick to designated paths. We know it’s hard when your pooch wants to sniff the whole world but ticks are less likely to be found in well-trodden areas.

  • Grooming and washing

    Regular grooming can help spot ticks early and bathing your dog after a visit to the beach will help remove any ticks that haven’t attached yet.

  • Outside areas

    Keep your home and garden tick-free by trimming the grass, sweeping and removing fallen leaves, and creating barriers near wooded areas.

How to treat ticks?

Despite all of the effort, ticks might still find a way onto your dog. Here’s what to do if you find one:

  • Immediate removal: Use a tick hook to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. For an in-depth ‘how to remove a tick’ guide, click here.

  • Clean the bite area: Once the tick is removed, clean the area with an antiseptic solution and then your hands with soap.

  • Dispose of the tick: Seal the tick in a bag, or flush it down the toilet (if you can do, pop it in alcohol first). Never crush a tick with your fingers.

  • Keep an eye on your pet: Watch the bit area for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pus. Keep an eye out for symptoms of tick-borne diseases, like a fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, and joint pain. If you notice any unusual symptoms, contact your vet immediately.

  • Chat to us: If you’re unsure about removing a tick or if the tick appears to be engorged, our friendly team of experts can support you through removing the tick or give you advice on what to do.

You wouldn’t forget your swimsuit when going to the beach, so don’t forget to protect your pet from ticks!

Say no to ticks at the beach!

Fleas, ticks and lice can be a nightmare, but with the right approach, you can take control and rid your pets and home of these creatures. Remember that parasites can be persistent, so patience and regular treatment will be your best friends! By addressing both your pet and their environment, you can ensure a pest-free and comfortable living space for both your furry companion and your family.