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. Here in Ohio we are exposed to many tick species. 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. We currently recommend Simparica for dogs and Revolution Plus for cats. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventions are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today!
Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat even if your pet is on a prevention. Some preventive 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. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.