Protect Your Dogs & Cats from Tick-Borne Diseases

tick disease preventionTicks 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.

Tick Facts

How much do you know about ticks and your pets? Did you know:

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.

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