When you have pets, the battle of the bugs is non-stop. Protecting your dog from pests like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies can be tough, but it’s vital to your pet’s health. There’s a long list of dangerous diseases that are caused by insect bites, making them not only a nuisance but a serious threat to your dog’s health and longevity. With the Insect Shield Insect Repellent Reversible Pet […]
Choosing a safe and effective flea and tick preventative can be a challenge. We, as pet parents, need to protect our pets from these pests and the diseases they carry. We must also consider how the chemicals used in flea and tick treatments may affect our pets and other members of our families. Flea collars and topical flea treatments may be effective forms of flea control, but they also expose […]
May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by tick bite, most commonly the deer tick. Particularly during the warm months many pets can be bitten by ticks carrying this disease. Lyme disease is most commonly seen in the northeast and mid-sections of the United States, but has been documented in many other states as well. Lyme disease is most commonly seen in dogs, as […]
This is a guest post from Monica Gomez of Carrington College. Ticks are small, commonplace and extremely resilient parasites, and any dog that spends time outside runs the risk of being bitten by ticks. Thankfully, as this guide from Carrington College shows, there are ways to prevent ticks from causing your dog to become seriously ill.
Snows have given way to daffodils, tulips, and singing birds and many of us are enjoying springtime hikes in the woods. There’s nothing my dogs enjoy more than running through wooded trails, sniffing everything in sight. Once the deep snow is gone, we have to worry a bit more about picking up bloodthirsty hitchhikers – disease-carrying ticks.
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases seen in pets today. When left untreated, Lyme disease can result in debilitating lameness and arthritis, as well as occasional neurological, cardiac and fatal kidney disease. Lyme disease is diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, history of tick exposure, as well as having clinical symptoms as part of the history and physical exam of the pet. While Lyme disease is easily […]