This month's blog is authored by Jackie! Jackie is fur mom to the D Team (Denny, Dodger, and Dax) and knows first hand the dangers of Ticks and Lyme disease since Denny was diagnosed as Lyme positive in 2009. Jackie is a huge advocate for “Don’t shop…Adopt” and actively volunteers with the Northern Sky Greyhound Adoption group.
Without further delay, here's Jackie!
"Spring is on its way…no…really it is! And along with the melting snow, warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours, new grass and buds on the trees come the dreaded tick.
Tick species are on the move and are spreading into and throughout Canada. These parasitic critters rate very high on the creepy scale given they feed on blood and can transmit illnesses such as Lyme disease. Lyme disease is not only a concern for our pets but for ourselves too!
One common tick misconception is “I don’t need to worry about ticks - we live in the city”. This is not the case! While ticks are most prevalent in the nature areas they easily spread into the urban spaces and dog parks and can be “carried” into the city by other mobile critters. So, it’s beneficial to practice tick prevention no matter where you live.
Since the best time to start protecting pets against ticks is before exposure, March is the ideal time to start thinking about and preparing for the impending tick invasion. There are natural tick prevention remedies (rose geranium oil and diatomaceous earth) should you choose to go this route. Please contact your veterinarian to find out more about ticks and about how they can help you better protect your pets.
No matter what method you use, a daily check is still a great way to prevent tick issues. #safetyfirst"
Thanks Jackie! There are a lot of resources available for Tick Awareness and Prevention. Here are a few we found helpful:
Until next time, we will see you at the Dog Park! :)