It’s Tick Time!

By April 21, 2015Pet Talk

tickBelieve it or not tick season is already upon us! Just today we had a patient come in with an engorged tick on her sweet little face (see photo above).

In Northern Michigan, deer ticks are the main type of ticks that are able to transmit Lyme disease.  These little critters are very tiny and can not easily be seen by the naked eye.

In order to transmit Lyme disease, the tick needs to be attached to your pet for at least 48 hours.  Clinical signs of Lyme disease include lethargy, limping, joint pain, lymph node enlargement and fever that comes and goes with time.  There is no cure for Lyme disease, however we do have very effective preventives that can protect your pets. There is currently a vaccine on the market that prevents ticks from transmitting the disease to our pets.  It is highly effective and safe. Call us today and to get your four legged friend protected!

 

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