National Tick Awareness Month

The cherry blossoms are out, daffodils have bloomed, there’s no doubt that spring is fast approaching the greater Victoria area. Along with this, people are finding more ticks on their pets — and themselves.

Ticks begin looking for a blood meal as soon as outdoor temperatures reach 4ºC. This can occur very early in the spring or on warmer days during traditionally cold months — well before most of us have started to think about parasite control.

Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals´ breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. Then they wait for a host, resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs, holding onto leaves and grass waiting to climb on to the host. When a host brushes the spot where a tick is waiting it quickly climbs aboard. Ticks transmit pathogens that cause disease through the process of feeding - after feeding, most ticks will drop off and prepare for the next life stage.

There are several ways to prevent your pet from tick bites…

  • Perform a “tick check” on yourself and your pets after returning from being outside.
  • Keeping pets out of grasses and woods to help reduce exposure to ticks
  • Use veterinary approved products that kill and repel ticks

Keep in mind that cats can get ticks too, yet we often don’t see them because our feline friends are masters at grooming. Be aware that many tick prevention products are safe for dogs, but are toxic to cats.

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