Lucerne Veterinary Hospital Blog

I Hate Ticks

I grew up in the Midwest, where we routinely picked ticks off ourselves and our dogs.  We didn’t think twice about it, we just did it.  They were part of being outside and we spent all our time outside.  Why do I now hate them?  Because now it’s my job to keep your dog, cat and family free of tick diseases.  And that’s not easy.

For one thing, ticks carry lots of bad diseases.  Lyme disease, many types of Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Mycoplasma haemominutum and Bartonellosis just to name a few.  Ticks can also carry lots of diseases at the same time.  In other words, they can give your dog more than one disease with any given blood sucking meal.  And did I mention that many of these diseases can be very hard to diagnose or treat effectively?  Some are even fatal.  Yup fatal. Continue…

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