External Parasites – Ticks

Ticks carry many diseases and are usually found in wooded or marshy areas. When walking through these areas your pet brushes against the brush or grass, and the tick transfers onto your pet.  The tick then burrows its head under the skin to take a blood meal.  They are most likely found on areas of our pets that are hard to groom such as head, neck and legs and especially between the toes.

Lyme Disease is the most concerning disease carried by ticks in this part of Ontario.  Historically, the ticks carrying this disease were restricted to certain areas of the province, most notably Long Point, but it has become more widespread in recent years.  There are several products are available for tick prevention.  There is also a vaccine available that will aid in the prevention of this disease.