Due to the relatively warm winter weather this past year, we are predicting an intense tick season this spring.  Many people think ticks are only a problem in wooded areas.  However, ticks most commonly live on the ground and crawl up from grass blades or weeds to grab onto their host.  Another common misperception is that ticks are insects.  Ticks belong to a family of parasites called arachnids, as do scorpions, spiders and mites.

In our area, we see ticks on dogs and cats almost all year.  The largest numbers of ticks are seen in the spring: April, May and June.

If you find a tick on your pet, the best way to remove it is to grasp it with a pair of tweezers near the skin and pull it out with a steady motion.  Clean the skin with soap and water afterwards, and dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.

To protect your pet against ticks we recommend these products (click on each name for further information):

For Dogs:

Activyl® Tick Plus for Dogs

Preventic Collar®

For Cats:

Revolution® for Cats

Frontline Plus® for Cats

 

Please call one of our locations if you have any questions about ticks!