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Mild Winters may be a (Tick)ing Time Bomb

Mild winters can lead to a mean tick season. Ticks can transmit serious disease such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. Tick borne disease can lead to joint inflammation and pain, high fevers,  neurologic disease and kidney disease, which may be irreversible, and potentially fatal.

Deer ticks are the agent of Lyme disease. Ticks need to be attached for at lease 24 hours to transmit disease so prompt removal is important.

Deer ticks are the agent of Lyme disease.

To protect your pets, year round tick preventive is recommended. There are many options available to protect your pet. Keep in mind that no product is 100% guaranteed, thus it is important to check your pets skin carefully after all outdoor activities and remove any ticks. Ticks need to be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit disease. There are many ways to remove a tick but the easiest and most effective way is to simply use a good pair of tweezers and apply slow gentle backward pressure (pull gently). Ticks have tiny muscles in their jaws that will fatigue (get tired) and release allowing you to remove the tick completely. If you pull too fast you will often leave the head and jaws attached.

If you think your pet has been exposed to tick disease make an appointment online today!

See the link below from the CDC for more information.

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_pets.html