Think THERMOMETER not calendar! Ticks are alive and rampant at a temperature of 4 degrees Celsius, even if there is snow! Be sure that your pet is protected any time the temperature is appropriate. This could mean prevention year round if we have a warm winter!
Ticks are now a rampant issue in Orillia and surrounding areas. They’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks, including your manicured lawn, or on walks in town. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease. Prevention is key, and there is a number of products that you can use to help best suit your lifestyle. Don’t forget, if your pet can get a tick, that means you can too! Tick borne diseases are serious, but treatable in our pets, but not as easily in humans, so please be careful! Keep ticks off your pet by keeping your dog or cat on tick prevention prescribed by your veterinarian. The prevention you can buy over the counter at another location do not work and cause serious side effects. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and effective at controlling ticks and therefore diseases they carry. Ticks are not found just in long grass and on hikes or farm fields. They are brought into any areas that deer or birds can get too! This could mean in-town pets too! Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have. There is a wonderful blood test that is available to check if your pet has been exposed to any of the tick borne diseases. Results will come back in 24 hours and we can perform it for your pet at ODVS. We strongly recommend doing the test once a year to ensure that your pet is safe, or gets the appropriate treatment. Ask us today about the spring discount on tick testing! We are booking up fast!
- Ticks live in temperatures starting at 4 degrees Celsius- even if there is snow on the ground. This winter has been warm, is your pet protected?
- A tick that is carrying Lyme disease only needs to be feeding for 24 hours to pass along the disease to your pet.
- A tick that is carrying Ehrlichia or Anaplasmosis can transmit their disease in less that 3 hours after starting to feed.
- Ticks are so small you will not be able to see the tick until it is engorged – which is often a few days after it has been feeding.
- You and your pet will not feel a tick bite you. They have an anesthetic or numbing agent in their saliva where you cannot feel them bite.
- There are two kinds of tick prevention: Contact (topical) prevention where the tick dies before it can bite your pet, or a Systemic prevention, which kills the tick before it has a chance to transmit disease, however, the tick still have to bite. Talk to us today about which prevention is right for you and your lifestyle!