March is “Tick Awareness Month” and here at Gardiner Park Animal Hospital, we’re ready to provide you with all the information about ticks you might need to help keep your furry family members tick-free this spring and summer.
Once the temperature reaches 4 degrees above zero, ticks can become active, and start looking for food; so the best time to start discussing tick prevention with your veterinarian is before that happens. The most safe, reliable, and effective methods of tick prevention are only available from your veterinarian – both oral and topical medications, depending on your preference and your pet’s age/health status/lifestyle (a hunting dog, for example, might need more tick protection, for a longer period of time than a city dog.)
If you have questions about your tick prevention options, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic. Dr. Bardutz or one of our support staff would be happy to have a discussion with you.
Remember, the sooner you take steps to prevent ticks, the better!
This year, The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has a whole series of videos ready to help you learn more about ticks, tick control, and pet health. You can watch their complete playlist on Youtube to learn more.