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posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   April 20, 2016 09:18
Those annoying little pests are out again! Ticks have already been seen in Saskatoon, so it is time to start using preventive to keep your pets safe. Ticks can transmit diseases like lyme, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis which can cause long term damage to your pet and could eventually lead to death. A product that repels ticks such as Advantix is the best to use since a tick can transmit disease in as little as 4 hours after attaching. Tick bites can also affect people as well, so make sure you check yourself over too. If you are going to an area where you know there are lots of ticks, Wear clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible (long sleeves/pants, closed toed shoes, hats, etc.) and wear light coloured clothing to make the ticks easier to spot. Tuck your pants into socks and wear shirts that fit tightly around your wrists, and use an insect repellant with DEET.

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Ticks

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   April 22, 2015 12:09

The ticks are out!  Watch out for them and make sure to check your pets after they come in from outside.  Sometimes they are hard to find but they can transmit some pretty bad diseases such as Lyme, anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.  If you are concerned or just want more information please phone our clinic or come and talk to one of our staff members.  We will be happy to help you out!

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Ixodes scapularis

posted by Westward Animal Hospital    |   September 9, 2014 15:46

The Ixodes scapularis tick is out!  Also known as the deer tick, ixodes is the carrier of Lyme disease which can affect many species including humans.  It is about the size of a sunflower seed when it has not fed so is pretty hard to see.  Once it has fed it is bigger and easier to find, however, the longer it stays attached the higher the chance of disease transmission. If your pet is at risk or you are concerned please call us or send us a email and we can figure out what is best for your pet!

      

                                                  

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