Check This Off Your List: How To Check Your Pet For Ticks

With the season of spring officially here, you may be thinking of all the fun outdoor activities that are hopefully coming up, from backyard BBQs to travel. One other thing that tends to come to the front of our minds in springtime are bugs – especially fleas, ticks, and mosquitos.

We’re focusing on ticks with this blog, since they are found everywhere and can transmit serious and even deadly disease to pets and humans.  

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The Essentials: Year-Round Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention

flea tick and heartworm preventionParasite control is a must for every furry friend, and the foundation of this is flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, some pet owners make the mistake of skipping a month of heartworm medication or assume that indoor kitty doesn’t need to be on any form of parasite prevention.

To highlight some of the reasons parasite control is so important, let’s take a look at what risks these pests can pose to your cherished pet and what you can do to stop them.

Terrible Ticks

The life cycle of a tick includes: egg, larvae, nymph, and adult – and each female can lay thousands of eggs at a time. Ticks thrive by feeding on the blood of a host mammal, most notably wildlife, but also humans and pets.

Most people are familiar with Lyme disease, especially in our region where diagnoses have skyrocketed over the past few decades. However, did you know this parasite can also pass vector-borne diseases onto our canine and feline friends?

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