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Winter Tick Preventive – Yes, Your Pet Needs It

Hi all, it’s hard to believe we still get this question.

Yes! It is very important to keep your pets protected from tick diseases ALL YEAR ROUND.

Most people know that ticks carry Lyme disease. Did you also know about the other diseases that ticks can carry? Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis? And these are just the common diseases seen in Massachusetts.

Ticks can also cause Tick paralysis, Rocky mountain spotted fever, Bartonellosis and Hepatozoonosis.

Tick disease can cause the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy (feeling tired)
  • Joint pain, Limping or Lameness
  • Low red blood cell count
  • Bleeding problems
  • Kidney disease that can be life threatening
  • Paralysis

Many of you will remember this video of a young girl afflicted with Tick Paralysis:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4523900/Mother-releases-video-daughter-paralyzed-tick.html

Indeed, the US Department of Health and Human Services has recently put together a task force to combat tick disease as a serious public health threat. Did you know that the brown dog tick can survive indoors and can take up to 6 months to get rid of?

You can read more about that here:

http://www.contagionlive.com/news/using-a-onehealth-approach-to-combating-tickborne-diseases

There are several great options to protect your pets and your family from tick diseases. Discuss the flea and tick preventives with your veterinarian. There are many products available and not all will be right for your pet. Some over the counter products can even be toxic. Your veterinarian can help you choose which product is best.

Our veterinarians are available 7 days a week. Simply reserve a time on our website – it takes less than 1 minute to schedule an appointment!