Preparing for Parasite Season: Tick 101

March 25, 2019

It’s official - spring is here!

While that means longer days, warmer weather, and more time spent outside, it also means it’s parasite season. From mosquitoes to fleas and ticks - warm weather parasites can pass on a number of harmful illnesses to our pets (and even ourselves)!

As pet parents, it’s important to know what to look out for!

One of the most common parasite-related illnesses is Lyme disease, which is passed on to humans and animals when bitten by a tick carrying the disease. According to the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, Canada is home to approximately 40 species of tick, including the most common varieties: the Deer Tick, Western Black-Legged Tick, and American Dog Tick. Click here for more information on common tick species in Canada and how to identify them.

The risk of tick exposure for our pets is considered high in Canada and the U.S., as they tend to share many of our pets’ favourite places: grassy fields, forests, gardens, beaches, and nature parks. If you live in, visit, or spend time near these areas with your pets it’s important that you check them regularly for ticks and ensure they are protected in advance.

In addition to Lyme disease, there are other tick-borne illnesses that can seriously impact our pets’ health including Anaplasma, and Erlichia.

If you’re worried that your pet may have been exposed to ticks, or if you find a tick on your pet you should speak to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

When it comes to parasites - including ticks - early intervention is always the best defense. Whether it’s via annual vaccinations, topical treatments, or oral medications - it’s important for pet owners to seek the advice of a trusted veterinarian to ensure their pets are protected against fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Risk of exposure is highest during the spring and summer months, so now is the time to make sure your pets are protected!

If you’re wondering what treatment options are best for your pet, you can text or video chat with a local Healthy Pets vet on-demand today!

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