March Is National Tick Awareness Month: Protect Your Pets from Serious Diseases!

March 7th, 2016 by Daniel Mudrick

Ticks are small bloodsucking parasites that can carry a whole host of dangerous diseases – diseases that can be transmitted to pets and humans! Prevention is the best way to protect your pets and yourself against tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease (yes, humans can get Lyme disease too!).

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
has declared March to be National Tick Awareness Month because it’s when the weather starts warming up and you need to think about parasite control.

Did you know these scary facts about ticks?

  • They are active and looking for something to feed on (you and your pet!) as soon as the temperature hits 4°C – and with the winter 5_march is national tickwe’ve been having, we’ve already had lots of days in this range!
  • Tick populations are increasing in southern Ontario.
  • They transmit Lyme disease and many other very serious and deadly illnesses.
  • They can be tiny (too small to see) up to more than 1cm, and they can look like a skin lump on your pet’s body.
  • They live in wooded areas, tall grass, bushes, or leaves.

Start Prevention NOW!

National Tick Awareness MonthThe ideal time to begin tick prevention is before exposure. It protects your pet from picking up the parasite and contracting the disease(s) it

Because ticks are active even in mild temperatures, it’s important to remain vigilant in checking your pet (and yourself) for ticks, and to continue your pet’s tick control program for as long as the risk of exposure exists.

Follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #TickAwarenessMonth!

The vets at Clarkson Village Animal Hospital know how to assess your pet for signs of ticks and tick‐borne diseases. If you think your pet may have ticks or you would like to discuss preventive tick control, book an appointment now!

Visit the CanLyme website for more information about Lyme Disease.

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About Daniel Mudrick

I'm the owner and founder of Clarkson Village Animal Hospital, a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Clarkson Village Animal Hospital has always been a dream of mine, and by caring for one patient at a time, the hospital has continued to grow. During those rare times when I'm not at the hospital, I'm at yoga, hiking, gardening, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy reading to stay current on the most recent advances in veterinary medicine.

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