Ticks and Fleas
Parasites also love the warmer months, but you also need to know that there are reported Tick cases all year round. We are aware of many during the cooler months, and many more during the warmer months. The love the wamer weather because they can breed … quickly and there is more of their food source around - which includes your pet!
Do DAILY checks for Ticks. You are most likely to find them in the shoulder blade forward region of the dog or cat. We seem to be getting more cases year on year. This statement is backed by the large number of cases already being presented to vets across the coast and the statistical data it creates. If you would like a lesson on how to search your pet, come on in and we can demonstrate for you. We have tools to aid in their removal which are cheap and effective.
I would highly recommend using a product to prevent the ticks feeding long enough to cause significant harm. We only recommend the use of Bravecto, Simparica and Advantix. All are fantastic products, but as will all products, they have their pro's and con's which is best discussed in-store. We are trained on these products and can discuss further with you.
Ticks come in a few varieties. Most are annoying and if in extreme quantity could cause anaemia; the real concern is getting just ONE Paralysis Tick which can take the life of your pet. This tick has a pearl colour when engorged and has its legs on the thorax/head region. Other ticks tend to have legs also on their abdomen. It can take several days to find a feeding site on the pet, and then several more before it is large enough for you to find. Hence why DAILY checks are so important.
Engorged Paralysis Tick
Simparica, Advantix and Bravecto also deal with Fleas. These are a parasite which have a crazy quick life cycle in ideal conditions. They can lay dormant for many months, and then bang … you have an infestation. Regular, year round use of preventatives are key. A feeding flea is laying some 20-50 eggs per day! It is not so common for Fleas to jump from pet to pet. Your pet (and you) are more likely to collect them from the environment - the house, the garden, the neighbour (espeically the ones who don't prevent fleas on their own pet well enough) and where pets are concentrated (perhaps the park, groomer, vet, boarding etc).
With treatment of parasites, you really do get what you pay for. It is important to select a product that will act quality, work on your regional parasites (yes, many parasites are localised), and that there is no resistance to the kind of product you intend on using.
Use the products as recommended - compliance is one of the biggest issues we face with parasite control.
So now you are prepared, you can get out and enjoy the Coast … whilst protecting your pet.
The Pet Whisperer.