e-Vet ALERT: Ticks and Disease
Topic: A Particularly Bad Year For Ticks
by D.E.L.T.A. Rescue Veterinarian, Dr. Gaylord Brown
We are being challenged at the sanctuary by this pesky pest! Discussions with my colleagues indicate this seems to be a common problem, at least throughout Southern California.
Besides the obvious problems of potential anemia if heavily infested; ticks can also carry a number of diseases. Lyme’s disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever are the most common tick borne diseases.
The symptoms of all of these diseases are similar.
- discomfort in the joints,
- and anorexia are common.
More severely afflicted dogs will also have vomiting and diarrhea. Death may occur! A period of tick feeding is required to transmit these diseases. Therefor, quick removal will help prevent infection.
If your pet exhibits any of these signs after a tick infestation have them examined by your veterinarian.
- When hiking with your pet make efforts to treat with a high quality tick repellant. Pyrethrin based products are extremely safe.
- If your yard or home is infested use a spot on product for dogs and cats containing fipronil. These pets may still be sprayed with pyrethrins, as needed according to label directions.
- You may treat the yard with sevin dust or spray. Due to the life cycle of ticks plan on treating the premises every two weeks for at least three treatments.
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