It’s Time For Your Dog’s Heartworm, Tick and Flea Prevention !!
Royal York Animal Hospital has been testing dogs for Heartworm and the Tick Borne Diseases with a “4DX” blood test for several months now.
As of May 1 we have had 5 dogs test positive for Tick Borne Diseases — 4 with Lyme disease and 1 with Ehrlichia.
Ticks are Different Than Fleas
It is very important to know that ticks are very difficult to kill and remove. Unlike fleas, ticks actually attach to your dog. The sooner the tick is removed from the dog, the less likely your pet will contract disease. Below you can see a photo of what a tick looks like when it lands on your dog and then what it looks like when it becomes engorged with blood. Many times people bring their dog in to be checked because they think they want a “new growth or lump” to be examined only for us to find that it is an attached TICK.
The Migration of Ticks to the Toronto Area
Hot spots for ticks for the last several yearshas been Kingston through an arc to Belleville , Haliburton and Barrie northwards and moving southwest to the Toronto area. We know from our own client’s whose dogs, in increasing numbers, have come in with ticks attached and have only been in our own High Park or grasslands on the Lakeshore or their own backyards.
Use this great tool to check out where Ticks are by postal code:
When is tick prevention recommended?
How can I protect myself and my dog?
Below are links to Royal York Animal Hospital’s own videos showing how to apply Revolution.
No need for a video for giving Bravecto as we have found almost all dogs will take this as a TREAT!
How Apply Your Dogs Revolution
If your dog has not had his Heartworm “4DX” test yet this spring please do not delay any longer!
Contact us today to schedule this blood test and to pick up your supply of Tick, flea and Heartworm prevention.
Also, if there is only one other article you are going to read about Ticks it should be this one written by my co-worker Dr. Iz Jakubowski