According to a recent interview with leading parasitologists, published by Veterinary Practice News, we can expect to see more ticks this year for the following reasons:
- Warmer winters
- Suburbanization, which brings together people, wildlife and ticks
- An increase in white-tailed deer
- Migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas
- A movement toward the preservation of open space and the replanting of trees
- The use of fewer insecticides
This news is cause for concern for everyone. Those of us who have dogs and cats that venture outdoors must not ignore the risk to our pets. That means protecting our pets, as well as ourselves.
Ticks are carriers for the following six diseases:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Get links to articles on each disease here and learn how to protect yourself and your family.
We can help protect your pet with Lyme Disease vaccinations and Preventic collars, so let us know if you and your pet will be doing any of the following activities:
- hiking, especially in wooded or grassy areas, such as state and public parks
Of course, ticks can be found right in your own backyard, so keep an eye out for these pests – and if you see one on your dog or cat, tell us!
In fact, we’ve begun hearing from more clients who are finding ticks on their cats — and those cats are not going hiking with their owners. That means ticks are very much a backyard problem in this area.
Found a tick on your pet?
Watch this video from About.com that explains the Do’s and Don’t’s of tick removal.
Need a tick removal device?
I searched Amazon.com and came up with this list of tick removal devices, including the crow-bar type shown in the video.
Other resource on the pending tick explosion:
Companion Animal Parasite Council