Spring is here and ticks are too! Please remember to check your pet regularly for ticks, because ticks transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, St. Louis encephalitis, tick paralysis, tularemia, cytauxzoonosis, Lyme disease, canine ehrlichiosis, hepatozoonosis, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. These diseases can make your pet very sick, so please take action now!
Remove ticks from your pets as quickly as possible because removing a tick soon after attachment decreases the likelihood of transmission of disease from the tick to your pet. See this link for how to remove a tick. In addition, both dogs and cats need protection. To protect dogs, use Nexgard, a Seresto Collar, or Frontline Plus as directed starting immediately and continuing through November. To protect cats who go outdoors or live with dogs that may bring ticks into the house, use Frontline Plus. If the names of these products are not familiar to you, your pet may be on products to protect from heartworms, intestinal parasites and fleas but he or she may need additional protection from ticks. Please feel free to call to find out steps you should take to get your pet protected. Also, see this link for more on protecting your pet from tick-borne disease.