Do I Still Need to Worry About Ticks With Fall Here?
As September comes to an end, the weather begins to become cool and crisp and the beautiful colours of autumn begin to arrive. The autumn weather can bring the perfect environment for outdoor activities and leisurely hikes with our pets. Although the weather is changing, one thing that hasn’t changed is that ticks still remain active in our area. It is very important to stay informed about ticks and tick-borne diseases.
Canadian weather has changed in the last 10 years, where seasons are longer and the weather is no longer as predictable as it was. Due to this ongoing change in seasonal temperature, the risks associated with parasites have become increasingly prevalent. For example, this fall, we endured temperatures of 30 degrees and above. With this rise of warmer weather for longer duration of time, it is imperative for canines and felines to continue with their preventative medications throughout the entire year. Studies in the field of parasite activity indicate that ticks are active in 4-degree weather and heartworm risk occurs when the weather is 14 degrees and above.
Even as the cooler weather approaches, ticks are still able to thrive and tend to hide in bushy areas that are heavy with leaf litter. Ticks are larger and can often hatch their eggs in the fall, with upwards to 3000 eggs in a breading cycle, leaving thousands of ticks in search for a host. Although most people are familiar with Lyme Disease, you should ask your veterinarian about some other tick-borne diseases that are becoming more common:
What are the Best Ways to Protect Your Pet from Ticks This Fall?
- Use flea and tick preventives year-round as with the changing and unpredictable weather, one warm day cause ticks to be active even throughout the winter months
- Talk to your Veterinarian about Bravecto, an oral tablet that is taken once every 3 months for flea and tick prevention
- Make sure to regularly check your dogs for any ticks, especially after walks and exposures to any leafy areas
Below are a few links to the websites with important information regarding ticks and Lyme disease for your pet and family:
1) Canadian Lyme Association-Vital information for you, your friends and family – please pass this to all of your contacts. http://canlyme.com
2) University of Rhode Island – Tick Encounter – www.tickencounter.org/tick_identification
3) Clarkson Village Animal Hospital’s blog on Lyme Disease
4) Dog information for Ticks and Heartworm Disease – www.dogsandticks.com
5) Health Canada’s information on Lyme – If nothing else, please read this, THIS IS A NEED TO KNOW.
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/diseases-conditions-maladies-affections/disease-maladie/lyme/professionals-professionnels/index-eng.php#a3 – extremely important, especially the Diagnosis section.
If you believe you have found a tick on your pet or have any questions about tick prevention, don’t hesitate to call our hospital at 905-855-2100, we are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Written by Amanda, CCR
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