Mattawan Animal Hospital

Providing Quality Pet Care Since 1976

50588 CR 652

Mattawan, MI 49071


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*Disease Precautions for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Their Companion Animals

*How to Safely Remove a Tick from Your Pet
*Pet Poison Helpline
*Heartworm Season


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Disease Precautions for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Their Companion Animals


There is an increasing awareness among campers, hikers, backpackers, and other outdoor enthusiasts that while we are enjoying the open spaces that nature has provided us, we should also be aware of the risks that come with the wilderness experience, and certain safety precautions should be taken. The AVMA has the following advice on certain health concerns linked with outdoor activities: CLICK HERE FOR ARTICLE

How to Safely Remove a Tick from Your Pet

  1. Wear latex gloves to protect yourself.  Use a pair of sharp-pointed tweezers or specially-designed tick removal tweezers to grasp the tick at the point of attachment.  This should be done as close to the skin as possible.
  2. Be very careful not to squeeze the body of the tick.
  3. Pull the tick straight out from the skin slowly and steadily using even pressure - without twisting or turning.  Some of your dog’s skin may come off with the tick. This is normal.  If bleeding occurs, apply light pressure to the area.
  4. Once removed, the tick should be handled carefully. While some prefer to dispose of the pulled tick, saving the tick for further identification is a good idea.  You may want to place the tick in a small airtight container.  Some rubbing alcohol may be added to the container.  Label the container with the date and store in case future illness occurs, as identification may become necessary.
  5. If part of the tick’s head still appears to be embedded, use the tweezers to gently pull it out. 
  6. After the tick is removed, clean the bite area with mild soap and water.  Keep an eye on this spot for several days in case of further irritation or infection. If the area does not clear up in a few days or if you have any concerns or questions, please contact MAH at 269-668-3307 and we'll be happy to assist you!
  1. Do NOT use a match or other materials to try to smother the tick or get the tick to 'back out'. This does not work, and may cause the tick to regurgitate more saliva (and potential pathogens) into the skin.
  2. Use a Flea/Tick repellent product on your pet. MAH can help you find a product right for your pet's needs.
  3. Check your pet daily, especially in the spring when ticks are most common.
  4. Discuss your pet's risk assessment of Lyme Disease and the annual Lyme Disease vaccination with one of MAH's veterinarians or staff.

Heartworm Season

Canine heartworm is a debilitating, often fatal disease that affects the heart and pulmonary vasculature in dogs.  If you haven't done so, please make an appointment to have your dog's blood checked for heartworm. Even "indoor" lap dogs and dogs with long, thick coats can contract heartworm from infected mosquitoes. Monthly heartworm prevention is extremely important and we have seen mosquitoes already this spring! In addition, we utilize a test that checks for two tick-borne diseases, Lyme's disease and Ehrlichiosis.

Pet Poison Helpline

Pet Poison Helpline (PPH) is an Animal Poison Control that provides treatment advice and recommendations relating to exposures to potential dangerous plants, products, medications, and substances, to veterinarians, veterinary staff and pet owners 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Please be aware there is a $35.00/per case consultation fee. Pet Poison Helpline is located in Bloomington, Minnesota.  The Helpline number is 1-800-213-6680. For further information regarding services, visit the PPH website at

Lists below provided by PPH.
Please CLICK HERE to view a List of Summer Hazards.
Please CLICK HERE to view a Top 10 List of Poisonous Plants.
Please CLICK HERE to learn how to Pet Proof Your Home.

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