Crisp Leaves, Cool Air, and Ticks

With the cool weather already making appearances, many people think we are out of the woods with parasite prevention season. Did you know, ticks will quest at temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius? It means Nova Scotia has ticks questing year-round, and without a proper parasite prevention schedule, you and your pets are left at risk.

A proper parasite prevention schedule includes monthly (to every 12 weeks depending on the product) protection via topical or chewable products. Though prescription products are very safe, not all products are right for all pets. It’s crucial that you discuss what you can and cannot use with your furry family members.

It’s also very important to do regular tick checks when your pets return from outside. Give them a good rub down from head to tail and really feel down to the skin and in the areas that are less visible such as ears, under the collar, between toes etc. These areas are where ticks love to hide. Your pet gets a good bonding session with you, and you get to ensure a safer environment for both your family and your pets. It’s a win/win!

Protecting your pet from ticks not only helps keep them safe from the risk of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens, but it also helps protect the human members of your family.

Call us at 902-434-0700 to book an appointment to discuss the best parasite prevention options for your pet.

Written by: Jenna Marsh, RVT

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