Ticks are everywhere and we are noticing them more often than we ever have in the past! Ticks also carry disease that can affect our pets and cause serious illness. Pets should be on a tick preventative to prevent them from obtaining serious diseases from the tick. There are multiple tick preventatives that are available and applied topically. Ask your veterinarian about which tick preventative is right for your pet.
Ticks stay on vegetation and utilize vibrations, shadows produced by changing light patterns, and body odors as cues to seek their hosts. Ticks literaly grab onto the host (any animal) as they pass. The tick then searches for a desired attachment site. The tick attaches and feeds. As it feeds, the tick ingests pathogens (disease) that may be circulating in the host's blood. After a good blood meal, the tick will fall off and again be in the environment waiting for it's next host (your pet). It again jumps on the next pet passing by and the pathogens it ingested previously now gain entry into a new host when the tick feeds. If your pet is on a flea/tick preventative, the tick will still bite and attach but it will be killed by the preventative medication thereby preventing disease.
We recommend that you apply a tick preventative year round, as ticks are capable of developmental arrest to allow them to survive periods of environmental stress triggered by changes such as day length, temperature changes and seasonal changes. That means they seem like they go away in the winter but once there is a nice day, those ticks will re-emerge and start the cycle all over again.
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