Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they are now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious – and sometimes deadly – diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.
The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick prevention. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry.
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 have encountered your pet. Ticks can hide easily 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.
We have a wide range of tick preventives including collars and oral medications. These products are prescription items, so your pet must have a current exam with our clinic in order to purchase.
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