We’re sure everybody already knows the answer to this, but definitely foe!!
Ticks can carry all sorts of, what are called, tick-borne diseases. Not only do they carry diseases that can be passed to us, such as, Lyme, Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, Human Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, just to name a few. LOL. But they also pass on diseases to our pets. Lyme , Ehrlichia, Bartonella, Babesia and Anaplasmosis are becoming more common amongst our pets.
Ticks are most commonly found in forested, heavily brushed areas and overgrown fields. They are transferred to us and our pets when we brush up against them and they quickly attach themselves to the body by embedding their head in the skin. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada there are seven ‘known endemic’ areas: Pointe- Pelee National Park, Rondeau Provincial Park,Turkey Point Provincial Park, Long Point peninsula including Long Point Provincial Park and the National Wildlife area, Wainfleet bog near Welland on the Niagara peninsula, Prince Edward Point and parts of the Thousand Islands National Park. Risk areas are locations around Kingston and along the Saint Lawrence valley to the border with Quebec that extend north east towards Ottawa. Risk areas have also been identified in western Ontario in the region of Lake of the Woods and at Pinery Park on the shore of Lake Huron.
2014 numbers have not yet been posted. These numbers are expected to grow exponentially yearly.
The risk of Lyme disease occurs where ticks that carry the Lyme disease-causing agent B. burgdorferi are found.
Our pets are extremely at risk of picking up some of these pesky pets and potentially getting bitten by an infected one.
So, what can we do?
We can keep our grass trimmed, weeds to a minimum and clean up areas around sheds. Check ourselves and our pets thoroughly after going for walks in tall grass or wooded areas.
There are also products on the market that can help kill these ticks prior to them infecting your pet. For example, Nexgard is a new product brought out by the makers of Heartgard. It kills both fleas and ticks in a tasty beef flavoured treat. Advantix is another product we strongly believe in. Not only does it kill fleas and ticks but it causes something called “HOT FEET” which essentially stings the tick’s feet as soon as they land on your pet causing them to leap off immediately rather than having to bite first.
Talk to your vet about Tick and Flea preventive or take a look on our website at www.snelgrovevet.com for more information on our available products.