Our pets need year-round parasite prevention to remain healthy and comfortable. While these pests may be small and seemingly inconspicuous, they can cause big problems for our canine and feline companions.
Ticks are an especially resilient type of parasite, going dormant in the winter months and reviving in temperatures anywhere above 4 degrees. Furthermore, these arachnids can be very hard to find. They can easily burrow into your pet’s coat or between their paw pads and avoid detection. If the weather is right and your pet has spent time outdoors, be sure to check them carefully for any signs of ticks.
The primary concern with ticks, aside from using your pet as a host, is their ability to transmit harmful diseases to your pet (and you). Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis can be passed on to an animal with a single bite. Lyme disease often results in inflamed joints, fever, and lethargy. Ehrlichiosis can cause fever, swollen lymph nodes, respiratory issues and weight loss.
These diseases can cause your pet a lot of unnecessary discomfort, and may be costly to treat. With sufficient preventative measures, your pet can enjoy a healthy, parasite-free life.
Keeping Your Pet Protected
Parasites will not be able to infect your pet with disease if they can’t bite. Oral and/or topical preventatives can quickly kill any parasites that try to attach to your pet and prevent future encounters. The key to successful prevention is consistently treating your pet as instructed to maintain maximum levels of protection.