Ticks Season has Arrived! Human and Pet Awareness!
TICKS – An unprecedented and extremely serious health risk for people & pets in 2012!
- As pet owners we all must be aware of ticks, as last year was the worst year ever for the number of ticks seen in south Mississauga. At this hospital we saw approximately 350 ticks. The vast majority of ticks were from dogs who had not left our neighbourhood. Ticks are 1/8-1/2 inch blood sucking parasites that transmit life-threatening diseases to our pets and to us (Lyme disease etc.)
- We are blood screening for these diseases as we did last spring,
- We are also dispensing preventive monthly drops that are applied on the skin to help kill the ticks.
- Please check your dog’s skin, daily, for abnormal lumps. When you look under the lump, you would see the tiny legs wiggling around. Before trying to remove a tick, please call us for advice.
- Public Health Concern – please check all of your family members who have been outdoors. Ticks are definitely attaching to people and can/will pass Lyme disease.
- We will be vaccinating dogs for Lyme disease if you travel to Lake Erie, Eastern Lake Ontario, the north east USA. We are monitoring the situation locally, and will start vaccinating for Lyme disease for local dogs if the need arises.
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