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Posted on 05-07-2015

~~Pets are at risk for tick disease.
Did you know????
Lyme, anaplasma and ehrlichia  are common organisms carried by ticks in this area.  Signs range from no symptoms to paralysis, anemia, lameness and fever.  Most clients use something on their pets to prevent ticks.  This week, I used a heartworm blood test that also tests for these common diseases.  I was surprised to find about 40% of the dogs were positive for tick disease and showed no symptoms.  My concerns are two:  Clients are not using tick preventative early enough in the spring or late enough in the fall or clients are using ineffective  products.   Tick preventative  needs to start when the snow melts and there is brown grass and continue until snow.  Our winter warm spells puts our pets at risk for tick disease.  As far as preventatives, there are many pour on tick products now but Frontline plus is still the most effective no matter what the store tells you.  Nexgard is a new chewable flea and tick preventative that has a fast tick kill and is  very effective. Clients are telling us their dogs love the taste.
In conclusion, ticks are not only ugly but they carry and spread serious disease.   Our inconsistent winters are causing tick control to be best done year round.  The tick products purchased over the counter may or may not be effective and safe.  Use Frontline plus or Nexgard. Visit tickencounter.com and cdc.gov or call Southfork Animal Hospital at 952-892-7970 for more information

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