Pets and Ticks

A Guide for People with Alpha-gal Syndrome

Ticks and Pet Care

Pets can bring ticks into your house. Unattached ticks may be transferred from your pets to you and your family. Also, pets can’t get AGS, but they can get tick-borne diseases.

Ways to Protect You and Your Pets from Ticks

Repellents and Other Pet Treaments

  • Talk to your vet about both topical and oral products to help protect your pets from ticks.
  • Some tick prevention products are dangerous for cats. Talk to your vet before applying any!

Dog with tick collar. Photo provided by the CDC.

Sleeping Arrangements

  • Don’t sleep with pets.
  • Be especially vigilant around pet sleeping areas.
  • Reduce tick habitat in your yard.

Dogs used to sleep with me. Have a dog door. Sweet boy dog goes out the door during the night (I could hear the flap). Comes back in, crawls back in bed under the cover with me. Next morning, we both each have a lone star tick on us. I remembered because I thought the white spot was weird. That’s the tick that caused symptoms to ramp up and me to finally get diagnosed. Ate mostly vegetarian prior, so I didn’t know what was going on before.

Heather Posey Johnson

Walking Pets

  • Keep your pets on a leash.
  • Don’t let dogs stray off trails.

Tick Checks

  • Check your pets daily for ticks, especially after taking them on a walk.

Keep Cats Indoors

  • Cats are notorious for bringing ticks inside.
  • Indoor cats are healthier and live longer.
  • Outdoor cats are the number one threat to birds in the U.S., killing over 2.4 billion birds a year, so you will be doing yourself, your cat, and the birds in your yard and neighborhood a favor by keeping your cat indoors.
  • The American Bird Conservancy offers many tips on how to make an outdoor cat a happy indoor cat.

References

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