Parasites such as ticks are the size of a sesame seed, and some species can be as small as a grain of sand. These micro-sized parasites are a year-round concern for pets. They can cause fatal infections such as Lyme disease and other parasitic infections that can be difficult to treat. Regular, year-round protection is the best defense against these tiny critters. At Front Street Animal Hospital, our veterinarians can create a parasite control and prevention plan for your pet.
How can I prevent parasites and ticks from infecting my pet?
To prevent parasites and ticks, our veterinarians recommend the following:
- Use products that provide fast and efficient elimination with residual activity
- Use products that are effective against fleas at every life stage (i.e., from eggs to adults)
- To prevent re-infestation, ensure that other pets are treated and on parasite prevention and control
- After walks, regularly check your pet for ticks
- Frequent vacuuming is an effective way of removing fleas and ticks from the house
- Don't forget to give your pet their prevention and control dosage
How can I limit my pet's exposure to ticks?
Knowing where tick infestation is high can help limit your pet's exposure to these deadly creatures. Some places that you can be more cautious at include:
- Woodland and grassy areas and places where deer, rabbits, birds, lizards, squirrels, mice, and other rodents, reside. These are species that ticks feed on the most.
- Damp and humid areas closer to the ground such as logs, fallen branches, thick vegetation, and grassy regions, are breeding grounds for ticks. Young ticks can also be found in piles of rotting leaves.
- Ticks can be found in parks, fields, picnic areas, residential areas, and even in your own backyard.
What medications are part of parasite prevention and control?
Prevention and control plans include oral, topical, and injectable formulas. Our veterinarians will guide you on what medications best suit your pet.