ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- With spring here and warm weather that's coming with it, more people will start finding ticks on their pets as they spend more time outdoors.
There are several different kinds of ticks. The most common is referred to as the Dog Tick, for an obvious reason, they're found primarily on our pooches. Analies Dyjak, found one on her dog just this week.
"We noticed this kind of little bump like below his ear," said Dyjak.
Dr. David Cloutier, with the Veazie Veterinary Clinic, has seen several cases like hers already this year. Luckily none of them have been Deer Ticks, which have been linked to Lyme Disease in both dogs and humans. He still encourages pet owners to keep a look out and check your pets regularly.
"As soon as animals start to come in with muddy paws, time to start your tick preventatives," said Dr. Cloutier.
Those preventative measures include avoiding long grass, where ticks tend to live, using topical liquids or collars that deter ticks, and if it seems to become an issue with your dogs and you find yourself removing them several times a week then you may want to talk to your vet about using a lyme vaccine.
Dr. Cloutier says to remove all ticks you do find, no matter what the type, by pulling on them straight out and holding onto the tick tightly and as close to the surface of the dog's skin as you can. Once removed there is no need to have concern unless you notice a change in your dogs behavior, health, or a swelling of their joints.