In the past few weeks we have seen an increased number of patients with ticks attached. Here’s the information you need to know about these little blood suckers.
1. Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to find. (Some are as small as a sesame seed!)
2. Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. Click here to find out what’s in your area.
3. It is important to remove ticks as quickly as possible to aid in the prevention of disease transmission.
4. South Town’s veterinarians recommend a monthly tick prevention, such as Nexgard or Frontline Plus, that has the ability to kill ticks before these little buggers are able to transmit disease.
If you find a tick on your pet, give us a call, and we will walk you through the process of removing it. If you don’t feel comfortable removing it, one of our veterinary technicians will remove it for you.
*The University of Rhode Island has a great resource center that will identify the tick if you submit a picture. Click here to check it out.