Flea and Tick Preventatives
DULUTH - Getting your flea and tick preventatives before the spring hits is important for your pets.
"As soon as we start getting above 30 degrees and we start seeing ground that isn't snow covered the ticks will start appearing. It's important to get that flea and tick preventative on before we actually start seeing the ticks," Dr. Amanda Bruce of PetCare of Duluth said.
Ticks transmit and bring the most disease from dogs into the house, one of them being Lymes Disease.
"Lymes Disease can be transferred from the tick to the dog. Something called Anaplasmosis can occur and that can take 8 hours to spread from the tick to the dog. Anaplasmosis and Lymes can cause dieasease in dogs and people. Common sings are fever, lameness which results in joint pain and lack of appetite," Dr. Bruce said.
And thankfully there are products to kill these pesky parasites.
"Pyrethrins tend to be in most of the over the counter type drugs. Phripronel which is in Frontline is a safe product to be used on dogs once a month and cats as well. It Can take up to 24–48 hours to kill a tick," Dr. Bruce said.
But some of the products we have been using haven't been killing the ticks fast enough, which means certain things are added to make it work quicker.
"Unfortunately, the more chemicals that are added to products, the more side effects there are. It is important to consult with your veterinarian about tick infested areas, exposure and the best product for your animal," Dr. Bruce said.
And it's not just the pets that veterinarians are worried about.
"Another reason why I think all dogs should get a preventative on them is to help keep ticks out of the house, because the same disease dogs can get, people can get," Dr. Bruce said.
So from time the snow melts to when snow flies is when you should have a preventative on your pet. Ticks are where white tailed deer are, and unfortunately ticks are common in the Northland.
"I've seen studies that show one in six dogs test positive for tick borne illness in this area," Dr. Bruce explained.
And with spring just around the corner, veterinarians are saying it's important to get those preventatives for your pet before the snow completely melts.