Not only do ticks feed on your pet’s blood, they can transmit life-threatening illnesses to both you and your pet.
Lyme disease is a serious illness, transmitted by ticks that can cause
fever, tiredness, limping, painful/swollen joints, and even kidney
failure. Although it is easily preventable, we are still seeing an
increase in the number of infections in our area. Dogs are 50% more
likely to contract Lyme disease than humans.
Ehrlichia is another serious illness transmitted by ticks that can cause
depression, fever, painful joints, or even more serious complications
such as internal bleeding. Ehrlichia is the #2 most common canine
infectious disease in the United States.
Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the same types of ticks that carry Lyme
disease and Ehrlichiosis. Symptoms may include fever, lack of energy,
swollen/painful joints, not eating well, vomiting and diarrhea.
Anaplasmosis is an emerging disease that is surpassing Lyme disease
numbers in some areas of the U.S. , including New Hampshire.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER
RMSF is another illness both dogs and people can contract from ticks. It
causes blood vessel inflammation (vasculitis) in many organs and can
Your dog is tested for Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis and Lyme Disease as part
of his/her yearly heartworm test, This is one reason why it is important
to test yearly even if your dog is on year round heartworm prevention.
Treating these diseases early helps prevent long-term damage.
While there is a vaccine available for Lyme disease, there are not
vaccinations available for either Ehrlichia or Anaplasmosis. To help
protect your pet from these potentially deadly diseases, we recommend
using Vectra 3D year round, because ticks can be present and active in
Ticks do not burrow.
You do not need to remove the head, just grasp close to the skin and pull.