Jul 17, 2014 @ 05:14 PM — by Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital
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The relentless Winter did not diminish the tick population. Unfortunately, ticks live in leaf litter, and the snow can actually insulate them. Even in brutally cold temperatures, ticks will attach to pets and people entering their domain for a blood meal. This Spring and Summer we are seeing another increase in the tick population.
Despite weather considerations, there are other factors affecting the increased tick population such as suburbanization, an increase in deer, mice, chipmunks, and migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas, and a decrease in the use of insecticides. Ticks are found most often in grassy areas, but they also can detect the carbon dioxide exhaled by you and your pet from up to 30 feet. Ticks will begin walking toward you and your pet as soon as the carbon dioxide is detected!
Ticks may be carrying Lyme Disease or other diseases such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Cytauxzoon Felis, and Rickettsia. Parasitologists advise veterinarians to be vigilant in discussing the diseases that are transmitted by ticks, since they can be debilitating to both pets and people, and to recommend preventive measures that can be easily used. There are a number of products available for Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital. Please call our office today and we will reserve one for your pet.
For a map that shows the frequency of tick-borne diseases in your area, go to the following link and enter your zip code, then click on the disease below the map:
For tick identification, go to the following link, but remember that these images are magnified many times and ticks that you see may be much smaller:
For a video about the lifecycle of the tick, go to the following link:
If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office.
Thank you from the Doctors and Staff
of the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital