Ticks are becoming more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. Thankfully, ticks are still uncommon in Cape Coral but there are a few hotspots. In addition, you may travel with your pets to other parts of the country where ticks are more prevalent. For this reason, it is important to discuss any travel plans with us so we can advise you on the potential need for tick prevention. In addition, if your dog has been in areas where ticks are prevalent we may recommend testing for tick borne diseases when we run his or her annual heartworm test.
Ticks aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious, sometimes deadly, diseases, including: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing, has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination as these can be symptoms of tick-borne diseases.
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’ve come in contact with 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. Please ask us if you have any questions about ticks and the risks they pose to you and your pets.
The best method for minimizing ticks and tick-borne diseases is by using tick preventive when indicated. Even indoor-only pets can be at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. The tick preventives we recommend and dispense are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to find out if your pet is at risk from ticks and to protect him or her if necessary.