Are Ticks Ticking Off Your Pets?

The tick, a relative of the spider, is a common external parasite. Ticks carry a number of diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can cause serious health problems for both you and your pets. Tick infestations can be controlled with available products using an integrated program focusing on your pet, your home and yard.

A Little About Ticks
Ticks, a relative to the spider, are common external parasites. The brown dog tick is most common to dogs. There are several tick varieties, but it is not necessary to identify them in order to control them. The same active ingredients kill them all. They can be found almost anywhere and in almost any climate, but are most commonly found in damp places, grassy or bushy areas, wooded areas, sandy beaches, and places where infested pets have been. Ticks are most active during the spring, summer and early fall, but can survive temperatures below freezing.

Dangers to Pets
Dogs, cats and humans are commonly affected by ticks. Since dogs frequent the areas ticks live, they are the most affected. Many serious diseases can be transmitted through ticks: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (Dog Tick), Lyme Disease (Deer Tick), Ehrlichiosis, Typhus, Tick Paralysis, and other disorders. There is a vaccine for Lyme disease, so you may want to ask your veterinarian if he or she recommends this for your pet.

Dangers to Humans
Humans can suffer many of the same diseases animals contract from ticks. Your pets are not able to pass along the disease to you. Rather, you must be in direct contact with the tick in order to contract any disease.

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Article courtesy of PETsMART.com

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