We live in the same environment as our pets, which means we can be exposed to everything our pet is. By us, focusing on pet health, we also have an impact on human health. One example is ticks. We recommend tick protection for our pets that are exposed to tick environments, that can be anywhere tall grasses or bushes grow, including the now popular ornamental grasses in our backyards. Ticks are not only a problem for pets but people too. There is someone on the end of that leash, walking the dog or cat that has a tick behind its ear. People don't wear tick collars, snack on monthly tick prevention or apply spot on medications. If your pet is exposed to ticks, your family might be at risk for tick diseases like Lyme Disease too. Your pet can't pass it to you. It comes from the tick that he/she was also exposed too. Talk to your family doctor about Lyme Disease, check over all family members for ticks when they come in from outside, especially children. Be on the lookout for any symptoms that could be related to a tick bite, sometimes even months after the bite. Signs may include lameness, swollen joints, enlarged lymph nodes, lethargy, fever, anorexia and depression. We hope to protect our 4 legged family members AND our 2 legged family members here at Tates Creek Animal Hospital from any dangers we can.
*Heartworm Disease can affect both dogs and cats
*The parasite is transmitted to cats and dogs via mosquitoes
*It is important to note that it is possible even for pets that stay indoors to be bitten by mosquitoes, so all pets should be on Heartworm preventatives.
A new study has came out suggesting using Vectra 3D on dogs as a second protection agent for the transmission of Heartworm Disease. Vectra 3D for dogs is a very effective mosquito repellent and insecticide. Using this product on your dog can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes around that pet, lowering his risk for Heartworm transmission. Vectra 3D for Dogs is not for use on cats and can lead to serious problems or death in felines, but having a dog in the house with Vectra 3D applied to it's skin, reduces mosquito numbers and may also extends the transmission risk of Heartworm disease in cats too. It's added protection for all pets!
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.