As a pet owner, you do everything you can to keep your dog or cat healthy. It’s hard to believe such a tiny insect can cause such a big problem. Ticks are a concern, being able to transmit disease to both humans and animals. Although very small ticks are actually hardy parasites, capable of surviving through a wide range of climate conditions. If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, please call for an appointment.
- swollen joints
- swollen limbs
- loss of appetite
- neurological problems
A simple blood test is used for diagnosis. Antibiotics, and sometimes anti-inflammatory or pain medication, are prescribed for positive cases.
Ticks can carry diseases such as lyme, anaplasmosis, erlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. There is no area of New Jersey devoid of ticks. The most prevalent are The Lone Star Tick, The Black-legged (Deer) Tick and
The American Dog Tick. There are some who say the The Brown Dog Tick is also in New Jersey. Regardless, it’s important to keep those critters off not only yourself but your dog and cat also. There are sprays for humans that contain chemicals harmful to your pets. At My Pet’s Veterinary Center you can purchase preventatives that are specifically formulated for dogs and cats. As ticks only need temperatures to be above freezing to live, we recommend year-round prevention.
Go to http://www.petsandparasites.org/ for interactive maps of what ticks and tick borne illnesses are indicated in your area.