By protecting our dogs we reduce further spread of ticks by stopping the cycle of feeding and laying eggs in areas with high human density. Therefore, if you find a tick on your dog, there is a good chance that you’ve been exposed to a risky environment.
There are several prevention methods.
- Your veterinarian can prescribe various treatments against ticks that will meet your pet’s needs. They are usually easy to administer (by the mouth or on the skin), while being effective and safe. Treatments can be given monthly or can have a longer action, as long as they cover the entire period when the ticks are active, that is, as soon as it is over 4°C.
- If your dog is considered at a higher risk (e.g., if your dog goes outdoors unattended, if you live in the Eastern Townships, if you visit infected areas, etc.), your veterinarian may suggest a Lyme disease vaccine.
In case of symptoms, please consult your doctor and share your history (date of outings, date of tick discovery, date of first symptoms). Remember that your pet cannot transmit the disease: only ticks can.
Remember that your veterinarian can help you to prevent, diagnose, and treat ticks. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Passionimo veterinary clinic near you.