Ticks are rampant during warmer months, leading some to think these harmful pests are only a spring and summer problem. In reality, ticks can prey on and infect your pets year-round. Today, the expert veterinarians at Avon Animal & Bird Hospital in Avon, OH, explain why combating tick infections throughout the year with dog vaccinations and other preventative measures is so important.
Six years ago, a study found that some disease-carrying ticks have developed resistance to the cold, causing them to be outside in increasing amounts during the winter. In the U.S., these ticks spread diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, both of which can be fatal to your furry friend. If you notice your pal is exhibiting signs of tick-borne illness, including stiffness, fatigue, fever, or swollen lymph nodes or joints, visit your local animal hospital right away. Since some infected animals will not exhibit any noticeable symptoms, it’s important to take your pet to the veterinarian every year for a screening test.
Fortunately, you can keep your pal safe in the first place through a combination of tick medication and dog vaccinations. To protect your dog from Lyme disease, make sure they’re up-to-date on this vaccine. While Lyme disease is one of the most commonly contracted tick-borne diseases, there are still many others that may infect your pet. For that reason, make sure you administer a tick preventative medication as recommended by your vet, all year long.
This winter, don’t ignore the threat of ticks. Keep your canine friend healthy and tick-free by visiting Avon Animal & Bird Hospital for the dog vaccinations, check-ups, and medication prescriptions he or she needs. To schedule an appointment, call (440) 934-6516 or visit the clinic’s website. You can also visit the practice on Facebook.