Do I need to be worried about my pet and ticks?
The weather in Calgary has been beautiful lately! Did you know that ticks start questing for a meal any time the temperature is above 4ºC? If you plan on going for a hike or somewhere ticks are generally found, now is the time to look into prevention for your pet.
In the last couple of years, great advances have been made in tick prevention. There are very easy treatments that are given by mouth either once a month, or once every three months (depending on the treatment plan chosen) that kill ticks on your pet. For more information please contact us!
Even with preventative measures, it is still a good idea to check your pet for ticks and remove any that you notice. To remove a tick, grab it with tweezers right where it has attached to your pet and gently pull it out with even pressure. Be sure to pull straight up! Once you have removed the tick, gently clean the area. Save the tick in a container or sealed plastic bag and bring it to your Veterinarian so they can send it away for identification.
Lyme disease is the most common disease that people worry about, but ticks can also transmit ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, among others. Click here to read more about tick-borne illnesses. If you closely monitor your pet, and have it on one of the recommended prevention medications, you are doing the best you can to prevent any tick borne illness. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss a treatment plan for your pet.