Byron Center Animal Hospital

It's finally summer! When the weather becomes warmer, families love to explore outside with their pets. Occasionally, people and pets bring home unwanted visitors on their skin and fur: TICKS! 

Reluctance to move

Loss of appetite


A topical treatment that is applied to the skin between the shoulders and will repel & kill fleas and ticks for 30 days.​

Available for both dogs and cats.


  • ​If possible avoid walking your pet in tall, grassy, wooded areas
  • ​Check your pet daily for ticks, even if you hadn't been outside yet that day. It's possible a tick was previously so small, it was missed a few days earlier, and may be found now.
  • ​Maintain your lawn and landscaping
  • Apply a flea/tick preventative

Please call our hospital if you have any questions about ticks, the diseases they carry, removal, and prevention. 

A tick has been found! How is it removed?

Feel your pet's fur starting from either tail or head, working your way to the other end of your pet. Be sure to feel behind the ears, underneath the neck, down legs, in paws, and on their face. Occasionally, a small skin growth can be mistaken for a tick. Consult your veterinarian if you are questioning what you are finding.

It's Tick Season!

by  Jen Allan


To protect yourself, it's recommended that gloves are worn prior to removal.


An oral chew is available for dogs that will prevent and kill fleas & ticks for 12 weeks.  Bravecto is recommended for dogs 6 months and older.

A topical treatment is available for cats and is applied to the skin between the shoulders. It will kill and prevent fleas and ticks for 12 weeks.

Neurological problems

Swollen lymph nodes

Using a tweezers, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible. Do your best to grasp near the head of the tick instead of the body as the mouth is burrowed in the pet's skin and is sometimes left behind. Be careful not to pinch your pet's skin!

What do I watch for at home?

You just returned from a walk outside, and want to ensure your pet hasn't brought home a tick. What's the best way to search for one?

Once the tick has been removed, it can be placed in a container of isopropyl alcohol and dated. The area of skin where the tick was removed can be cleaned with a pet-safe antiseptic. Be sure to wash your hands and clean your tweezers with isopropyl alcohol.

Pull the tick out in a straight, steady motion.

Swollen joints

When one finds a tick either on themselves or their pet, it immediately raises concern; how does one remove this tick? What should one be aware of in regards to their health? How can they be avoided? Continue reading below for more information...

Please note that these medications are dosed based on your pet's weight. If your pet's weight changes, they may need a different sized medication. Also ensure that a product intended for dogs is not given to cats, and vice versa. 

At Byron Center Animal Hospital, we offer two different products to treat and prevent fleas and ticks in both dogs and cats:

Click each button below to be directed to websites that can lend more information regarding ticks! The following websites were utilized to provide the above information. 

Below is a photo of the most common ticks in the state of Michigan; each of these can carry specific diseases that can affect your pet. Although each disease is different, overall symptoms can appear similar. It can be helpful to keep the tick for a few weeks after removal in case your pet starts showing the following symptoms as it can help your veterinarian identify if a specific disease is present

Arthritis or lameness lasting for at least 3-4 days.

Keep an eye on the skin where the tick was removed. If the skin continues to appear red and irritated after a few days, contact your veterinarian.

Ticks can appear black, brown or tan, and have eight legs. They can be as small as a tiny pin and can be difficult to spot.

Your pet's tick has been removed, the skin is healed, and no symptoms have been noted. How can you prevent future ticks?

June 2018