Do You Know What’s Out There? Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Pets

Ticks and tick-borne illness are a serious threat to pet healthLike Mungo Jerry says, in the summertime when the weather is hot, we got… well, to be honest, we got ticks on our mind. It’s not quite as romantic as the song, but warm weather definitely has the team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic thinking about ticks and your pet. Why? Ticks can transmit many serious illnesses to your pet and even to you. It’s no laughing matter, which is why we want to share more about how to protect your pet against ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Ticks 101

Ticks are an arachnid and are closely related to spiders. There are more than 80 species of ticks in the United States. Only a few are harmful to pets and people. The most concerning is the brown dog tick, deer tick, and American dog tick.

Ticks are found in all 50 states. They’re most prevalent in early spring through late fall; however, many species are well adapted to temperature extremes and can go dormant in cold temperatures, only to revive with the first warm day. They live in wood piles, brushy areas, and tall grasses, preferring dark, moist places in which to lay their eggs.   Continue…