Interview with Dr. Lara Sypniewski
Ticks cause very serious diseases in dogs, cats, and people. Tick control is important not only for our pets, but for us as well.
Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Ehrlichiosis are some of the diseases that ticks spread. Ticks transmit Bobcat fever, or Cytauxzoonosis, to cats, which is a fatal disease found mostly in Eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.
Ticks are hard to manage in our companion animals because, unlike fleas, they don’t reproduce on the dog or the cat. They have a life cycle stage in the environment on other animals that we have no control over. Tick control products, available as topical solutions or collars, work well but their effectiveness is reduced over time.
Physically checking your pet for ticks at the end of the day is important in tick infested areas. Ticks need to be attached for a few hours to transmit disease, so it is important to remove any attached ticks quickly. By checking your pet for ticks, particularly in the ears, around the neck, and between the toes, you can prevent disease before it starts.
Talk with your veterinarian about tick control to prevent ticks and all the diseases they carry.