Keep your Pets Safe During Tick Season

With tick season upon us it is very
important for dog and cat owners to be aware of the signs/symptoms of tick-borne
illnesses. There are a number of diseases that can be transmitted through tick
bites. Some of these diseases can cause your pet to suffer. If your dog or cat
is experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be wise to contact your veterinarian
ASAP:
-Fever
-Lethargy
-Loss of Appetite
-Weight Loss
-Enlarged Lymph Nodes
-Difficulty Walking
-Excessive Clumsiness
            While
antibiotics can help with certain cases, some tick-born illnesses can leave
your dog or cat with long term health issues. Even if the antibiotic seems to
have done the trick, symptoms can surface down the road.
            The cost of
treating a tick-borne illness in your pet will be much higher than the cost of
preventative treatment you can use to combat the blood-sucking insects. It is
very important to talk to your veterinarian about what method of preventative
care is the best for your pet. There are different options, but the two main
methods are a topical medicine that goes on the fur, or a chewable pill that is
ingested.

            No
matter what form of medication you choose, it is important to realize that no
method has a 100% success rate. The chances of your dog getting ticks
throughout its life are very high, especially if you live near wooded areas.
That is why it is so important for you to monitor your pets closely, especially
when coming in from outdoors. Even if your dog doesn’t spend much time outside
there are ways for ticks to find their way onto them. Ticks can be transferred
to your pet from other dogs, or even humans who don’t check themselves before
entering the house. Tick borne illnesses are not to be taken lightly and it is
important for pet owners to check their animals regularly, especially this
season after such a mild winter

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