Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Beware of Tick Borne Illness

Ticks are back and seem to be everywhere. You don’t have to be out in the wilderness to encounter ticks. Ticks can attach themselves to pets while they are outside, and can feed on their blood for several days.

Some of the diseases that ticks can transmit to pets include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis. Fortunately only a small fraction of ticks carry these diseases.
Regularly checking your pet for ticks after they have been outside can also help prevent tick-borne illnesses.

If you find a tick on your pet, it's important to remove it as soon as possible. Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and twist to pull the tick off. Talk to your veterinarian about the best approach for tick prevention for your pet.