As we welcome summer back, we unfortunately have to deal with all those pesky parasites again. Since your pet will probably be spending more time outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, it’s important to make sure they’re up-to-date on their annual vaccinations. Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas are linked to many serious and potentially-fatal diseases, such as Lyme, heartworm, and dermatitis, and now that we’re seeing more ticks in the Windsor area, it’s even more critical to keep your pet protected.
More on Lyme Disease
With the recent tick epidemic in our area, we want you to be educated on the dangers of Lyme disease now, more than ever. Lyme is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world, caused by a bacteria species that is transmitted by ticks. About 18 hours after an infected tick attaches itself to an animal, the disease begins to take effect. Ticks tend to thrive in areas with brush and tall grass, so always get in the habit of checking your pet for ticks after those strolls through the woods. Some of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease include lameness, lack of appetite, and depression. In more severe cases, the disease can result in kidney damage and even kidney failure.
Below is a list of other symptoms associated with Lyme disease:
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Stiffened walk with arched back
Parasite Prevention Options for Your Pet
Clearwater Animal Hospital offers a number of parasite control products to protect your pet from ticks and other parasites. These include tablet, topical, and injectable preventatives as well as sprays and collars. To provide your pet with the pest protection, we recommend that you keep your pet on a preventative product all year-round. Schedule an appointment today, and we’ll be glad to give you our product recommendations to keep your pet protected from parasites.