Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.
The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today!
Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide easily under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.
The most common tick-borne disease in Nova Scotia is Lyme disease. Lyme is caused by a bacteria called Borellia burgdorferi, and the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) transmits this bacteria when it bites a person or an animal. Follow the link for the Nova Scotia government’s page on Lyme disease and blacklegged ticks. It’s important to understand that just because Cape Breton is not listed as a high risk area, there is still a risk to people and pets here on the island. Daily checks for ticks on pets, testing for Lyme, vaccination and tick preventive medications (such as Bravecto) provide an excellent defence against tick-borne illness.