Preventing Tick-Borne Infection in Your Pet
The weather is quickly heating up and so are the ticks. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) predicts an increase in several tick-borne diseases this year. We recommend the following prevention tips to protect you and your furry friend from those pesky pests:
- Check your pet for ticks daily. Research shows that in most diseases can be transmitted from the tick to your pet within hours. Don’t forget to look between the toes, in the earflaps, and around the base of the tail for hidden ticks.
- Ticks appear in high numbers in waves known as tick bloom.
- Tick numbers are increasing dramatically along with increased spreading of tick distribution.
- Ticks are hard to kill and many products that purport to kill ticks do so slowly over periods of several days. By that time tick borne diseases have already been transferred.
- We recommend starting Vectra 3D treatments now. Vectra 3D gets stronger with each early application so you can get maximum protection at the height of the season if you start early.
- Controlling foliage strategically around your property can significantly reduce the tick burden.
- Avoid tick infested areas such as wooded and brushy areas with your pet as much as possible. When hiking with your pet, walk in the center of trails.
- Be extra vigilant in warmer months (April-September) when ticks are most active.
- After removing a tick from your pet, watch for symptoms of tick-borne disease such as loss of appetite, fever, and lethargy.
- Leaving the head of a tick buried in the skin after removal is not a real thing that happens. You don’t need to worry about it when removing ticks.