Protect Your Dogs & Cats from Tick-Borne Diseases
Ticks carry a number of diseases that are serious, or even deadly, to our pets. Examples of tick-borne diseases include Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, bartonellosis, and tick paralysis. Lucerne Veterinary Hospital takes tick disease very seriously, and we promote a strong, effective prevention plan for every canine and feline pet.
Effective Prevention for Ticks
We recommend most dogs and outdoor cats be on a regular monthly topical flea and tick product, preferably year-round. In recent years, we have found ticks on pets as early as January, and as late as December. Any warm spell in winter that is around 40 degrees can cause ticks to become active. However, the highest risk months are March through November.
Outdoor cats should receive monthly tick prevention; however due to cats’ unique systems, product options are more limited than for dogs. Please speak to one of our vets to find the best solution for your cat.
Tick Prevention Products
In our practice, about 14% of dogs were exposed to Lyme disease in 2013, and that number is expected to continue to rise. We recommend continuous tick prevention for most dogs and many cats.
There are a number of safe, effective topical products available for controlling ticks. We discuss the best option for your pet at each wellness visit. Feel free to contact us for recommendations between appointments if needed.
- Review our recommendations for the most effective ways to remove and control ticks.
How much do you know about ticks and your pets? Did you know:
- Ticks are present in the environment year-round and have been documented at temperatures as low as 24 degrees.
- The worst seasons for ticks are fall and spring, especially as the snow first starts to melt.
- All species of wildlife and some birds are hosts for ticks, but deer and mice are more commonly associated with Lyme disease.
- Ticks live primarily in tall grass and brushy areas, although they are present in smaller numbers in trimmed grass.
- Ticks are very difficult to kill.
- All tick control products may have some failure; you may see ticks on your pet, especially if it has been several weeks since the product was applied or your pet swims or is bathed regularly.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends that all dogs be on topical tick control products.
Comprehensive Pet Health & Wellness Care
A comprehensive physical exam, laboratory testing, and pet owner observations contribute greatly to our recommendations for the health care plan. Learn more about our wellness care, immunizations for disease prevention, and parasite prevention in your pets.
Contact our hospital to schedule a wellness exam for your dog or cat.