Ticks begin to quest when the temperature rises above 5°C. Both fleas and ticks may be transmitted among mammals and from environment to animal. A pet can acquire fleas or ticks from various places – dog parks, walks through the woods, yards, or in interaction with other animals. If fleas are present on your shoes or clothes, you can even be the source of transmission to your pet. The effects of flea and tick infections can range from minor to serious effects. They can cause skin rashes, anemia, loss of hair and infections. Additionally they can carry and spread dangerous parasites like tapeworms and more. Ticks specifically can spread Lyme disease which is a progressively debilitating and lethal disease.
To protect your pet we use a multi-pronged approach. First we provide tick protection very EARLY in the season starting at 5º celsius. One tablet will protect your dog against fleas and ticks for 12 weeks! Secondly, we recommend annual tests done between now and June to check for ticks and heartworm disease from the past season. Lastly, we vaccinate your pet to provide a further level of protection. Seasonal deworming is from June to November.
If your pet is out in non-groomed areas such as long grass, wooded areas and dog parks, they should be on tick prevention medication. No test is needed before starting this medication.
Hurry in and ensure that your furry friends are protected this coming season. For more information about how you can protect your pet from fleas and ticks, contact Breslau Animal Hospital in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario.