Ticks

Ticks- Not meant to be a additional guest on your outdoor activities

Planning on summer outings such as camping or hiking with your beloved friend?  Did you know ticks are waiting to crawl up bushes, trees and grass blades to attach to your pet. They most commonly attach to the head, neck, and ears of their host, usually where the skin is thinner.

Thinking these pesky blood leaching, disease transmitting creatures are not in our area. Think again.  The Reno area is a choice place to camp, hike or go to the lake.  The Mount Rose and Tahoe area, including the many dog friendly hiking paths and camping sites are perfect habitat for ticks. In fact, according to the Companion Animal Parasite council, 1 out of every 87 dogs in that region test positive for Erlichiosis, which causes severe anemia, lethargy, weakness, and loss of appetite. Anaplasmosis is far more common at 1 out of every 11 dogs have tested positive for this disease that cause vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite and high fever. All the more known, Lyme disease is 1 out of every 32 dogs had lyme disease when in that region. Lyme disease causes lameness, loss of appetite and lethargy and when progressed can cause kidney, heart and other organ complications.

These diseases are contracted by a tick bite, and unfortunately can also be transmitted the same way through humans as well. The best way to protect yourself and you pet is thinking ahead. Ask us about safe and effective tick preventative and how you can protect your pet during your adventures!

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By: Hannah Hawks – Veterinary Assistant