Take a Stand Against Ticks
By Oak Park Animal Hospital
August 05, 2014
Category: Pet Care
Tags: Ticks   Lyme Disease  

Take a Stand Against Ticks

Ticks are tiny disease carriers that are most active during warm weather beginning in spring, and continuing through summer, into fall. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease to both you and your pets, so it is 
important to understand the risks, and take extra precautions to protect yourself and your pets.   
Lyme disease has been found in every state, however it is still most prevalent in the Northeast and upper Midwest.  If left untreated, canine Lyme disease can cause joint disease, kidney damage and neurological problems.  The good news is, when Lyme disease is detected early in animals and treated with antibiotics, pets generally recover quickly.  

Protect Your Pets

Creating a strategy that involves avoidance, habitation control, tick checks, and repellents is the best way to protect your pets from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.  Ticks thrive in damp, dense woods.  When walking your dog, walk on trails and away from vegetation.  In addition, keep your cats indoors and control tick inhabitation by regularly mowing your lawn and removing leaf litter and brush piles.  Ticks can be hard to find, but checking your pets, and yourself, frequently can significantly reduce the chance of infection.  A tick only needs to be attached for 48 hours to transmit Lyme disease bacteria.  
In a high risk area, your veterinarians and staff may recommend an annual Lyme disease vaccination, blood screenings, and a repellent.  Safe, reliable chemical and natural tick control products are available from your Oak Park veterinarian as dips, sprays, collars, and topical applications.  Many products will prevent fleas as well as ticks.  
Your veterinarian in Oak Park at Oak Park Animal Hospital is the best source for more information on the dangers of ticks in your area.  As your pet has substantial exposure to ticks, you should ask your veterinarian in Oak Park for advice about the appropriateness of a vaccination for Lyme disease.