March is National Tick Awareness Month!
DYK: Tick season can be every season!
Ticks can be active any time temperatures are 4°C and above, including mild days during the winter months. These tiny terrors continue to be active until the temperature consistently remains below 4°C.
The presence of ticks in Canada is currently expanding at a rate of 46 km per year.
Both people and pets can get Lyme disease after exposure to an infected tick. Be sure to check both your pet and your pet for ticks after spending time outdoors.
When checking for ticks on your pet, run your hands over your pet’s entire body. Make sure to check your pet’s ears (inside and out), under the collar, around the abdomen, groin and tail area as well as in between their toes.
The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is by grasping it as close as possible to your pet’s skin – ideally with tweezers, and pulling it straight out in order to remove the entire tick. It is important to remove the tick as soon as possible to reduce the risk of disease transmission. If you require assistance you may visit your regular veterinarian. They can also identify the tick for you.
Contact us today to learn more about ticks, Lyme disease and to set up a tick control program for your pet!