Keep your pet safe from ticks this spring
With the return of warmer weather, you and your pet will probably be spending more time outdoors. But higher temperatures also mean an increase in ticks and tick-borne diseases.
There are several tick-borne diseases that we see in dogs and cats. The most common in Oregon is Lyme disease, but as people travel with their pets to areas such as the mountain states and northeastern U.S., they may be exposed to other diseases.
In general, prevention is the best medicine. There are many safe options for monthly flea and tick preventives, which are easy to use and highly effective in stopping transmission of tick-borne diseases. Another important method of prevention is manually checking your pet, and yourself, daily after being outside in tick-infested areas. Ticks like to hide in skin folds such as ears, groin, toes or other places depending on the breed.
If you find a tick, remove it by grabbing the head right where it attaches to the skin. Make sure the head doesn't break off and get imbedded under the skin, which can lead to severe inflammation and infection.
Tick-borne diseases are treatable but can be difficult to clear completely. They may become a chronic infection or lead to other problems, such as anemia, that require more aggressive treatment and lifesaving intervention.
Talk to your veterinarian about tick-borne diseases or come visit us at EVCOT. We'll be happy to help you determine the best prevention methods for your pet.
Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin
8250 SW Tonka St
Tualatin, OR 97052