Ticks are one of most common ectoparasites across the country. Living in New England we face harsh winters and a harsh tick season every year. Ticks come in many sizes and many variations of appearance, they also carry different diseases. Some ticks may carry multiple diseases while other only carry one.
Ticks can transmit many harmful diseases, including:
- Lyme Disease – The most common tick-borne illness, it’s an infection of the tissues that often leads to lameness. causes lethargy, arthritis, inappetence
- Anaplasmosis – On the rise in the US. Infection often causes lameness, joint pain, fever, lethargy, and inappetance. Occasionally neurological symptoms such as seizures have been reported
- Ehrlichia – A bacterial illness transmitted by ticks that causes flu-like symptoms. The signs and symptoms of ehrlichiosis range from mild body aches to severe fever and usually appear within a week or two of a tick bite.
Did you know ticks can live up to 3 YEARS without a blood meal!? When they do get to finally have said blood meal they drop off the host and females produce THOUSANDS of eggs.
We offer many varieties of preventative products to protect your dog OR cat from these nasty ectoparasites! Call or stop by our office today to find what fits