Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in Ontario and certainly within our own community. In the past we did not see ticks in our area, but with global warming and migratory birds we are seeing more and more ticks and different species of ticks. These parasites are not just a gross and a nuisance, they can cause serious illness in both humans and dogs. Diseases like Lyme and Ehrlichiosis we find positives in our practice every year. Other diseases ticks can spread are Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Babesiosis and tick paralysis.
Learn more about ticks and tick borne diseases they can spread.
Clinical Signs of Tick disease:
The best way to protect your pets from ticks is to put them on tick prevention, this will protect you pets from ticks and greatly reduce the risk of tick borne diseases. Don't panic if you find a tick on your pet, this can happen even if they are on a tick control product; depending on which product you choose. Some will kill the tick quickly when they attached to your dog or cat; others will kill them when they touch the pets skin. Ask our team which prevention is best for your pet.