Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.
Prevention is Key:
The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Frey Pet Hospital recommends tick prevention for both dogs and cats year round. With the on and off warm ups that Iowa is known to have in winter months, these parasites are found year round.
Some of the most effective tick prevention for dogs are toxic to cats and could cause serious harm. Having the right advice, for the right product, at the right dose, at the right price is imperative. Call our office today so we can choose the correct protection for your pet.
Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide easily under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have. Additional reliable and trustworthy information can be found on the Pets and Parasite web page.
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