Spring has sprung!! The birds are chirping, the grass is turning green, animals are awaking from their long winters slumber, and ticks are hungry!! Ticks are common parasites that can be found anywhere, like that big hike you went on in the treed area or that little time you spent sunning yourself in your back yard. Each year, thousands of dogs become infected with serious diseases transmitted by a number of different ticks. These diseases include but aren’t limited to erlichiosis, Lyme disease, and anaplasmosis.
Diseases caused by ticks are generally known as vector-borne diseases. The risks they pose to your dog can be minimized with preventative measures such as tick control ,purchased from your veterinarian as well as regular physical exams of your pet by a licensed veterinarian. This is especially important, as symptoms of vector-borne disease are often vague and difficult to recognize.
If you have questions regarding tick prevention one of our veterinary technicians here at the shelter would be happy to help you and guide you in the proper direction as to what is suitable for your pet!