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Flea & Tick Protection (Courtesy of Aldergrove Animal Clinic) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Adam   
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 05:10

With the ever expanding tick population comes a growing concern from loving pet owners. 

What do TICKS look like? 

Ticks have 8 legs and are more closely related to the spider.  They are very flat as opposed to fleas, and cannot be easily squished. Eggs hatch to larvae which have 6 legs. Larvae are very, very small and hard to find, but luckily they cannot transmit diseases.  The nymph is only slightly larger.  While still incredibly small, it has 8 legs and poses the risk of giving you or your pet Lyme disease.  Deer ticks - even adults in their fully engorged state - are very small.

Where can your pets get ticks?

Ticks do not jump, fly or fall from trees.  They climb up on low vegetation and extend their front legs to sense movement or carbon dioxide of potential hosts.  It's been thought that ticks live in long grass, but some prefer the moisture of leaf litter, like the Deer ticks.  Dog ticks prefer scrub and fringe areas as well as the long grass, so there's actually a greater risk of picking up ticks in the woods and fringe areas around the forest than in long grass.

When are ticks active?

The deer tick is active from early fall through to late spring.  They go dormant during the winter but reawaken above 4C. Did you know? You're actually more inclined to run into an adult female on a warm day in January or February than on a hot day in August!  This is unlike dog ticks that are far more active on longer summer days for all life cycles.

What's the best way to protect them?

As soon as temperatures rise above 4 Celsius, consult your veterinarian to choose the best preventative plans for your pets.


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