Hello all my favorite humans! Its me, Purr’ll again!
I just saw some very scary looking things in the clinic today. My Blue Cross Animal Hospital Team has been removing and seeing more ticks this year. I am afraid that ticks in our area are becoming a growing concern. These little critters have been carried north by migratory birds and deer and have been spreading in our direction because of climate change. Ticks feed on blood – and most ticks don’t care who their next meal is. When ticks feed, they bury their mouth completely in the skin and suck the blood of their host. That is more than a little disturbing! Talk about modern day vampirism! They feed until they are full, then they regurgitate and feed some more. Some species will stay attached for several days – during this time, they can infect their host with some very dangerous bacteria and viruses that they carry in their saliva. In our area, we are mostly worried about DEER TICKS (https://bcahkitchener.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=372 and https://bcahkitchener.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=6878), also called “black-legged ticks”, because they carry LYME DISEASE (https://bcahkitchener.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=12629), which is transmissible to both pets AND people. But my Blue Cross Animal Hospital Team has told me there are other kinds of ticks that can be around as well.
As a way to help us identify some of the more problem areas in our vicinity, researchers at the University of Guelph have designed a specific site to help us track ticks! If you’d like more info – and lets face it, who doesn’t? – or if you have found a tick yourself or on your pet, check out this link for more information: https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/news-events/news/pet-tick-tracker#.WUKrEJcqCtY.email
Where do you find ticks? Wooded areas, trails and areas with tall grass, camping sites, and cottage country as well. Although some have been found in people’s backyards as well. Be sure to check you pets and yourself closely when you come inside after being outdoors. If you find a tick remove it carefully, including the legs. If you need help removing the tick from your pet, contact your Veterinarian. Ticks start looking for a meal as soon as the temperature reaches 4 degrees celsius, which in our area can be right now. It’s important that you contact your Veterinarian about what tick products would be best for your pets. At Blue Cross Animal Hospital we also discuss flea , and heartworm preventionhttps://bcahkitchener.com/services/heartworm-prevention/ with our clients as this season is starting in April or May and runs through to November.
My awesome Team here at Blue Cross Animal Hospital want to remind everyone to give your pets their flea, tick and Heartworm medication on time! If you find a tick, please keep it and bring it into the clinic for identification! Our Team here will not charge you for a simple in office identification. Oh, and my mommy says that if you know where you may have picked up the tick, please go to the tick tracker and fill in the quick form to help us get a better idea of all the hot spots in the area!
Stay Safe Everyone!