Pets are vulnerable to various external threats, including ticks and other parasites. Fortunately, there are preventative treatments that can protect them from these dangers, ensuring they remain healthy and safe.

Dr. Karly Lanz, a Prairie Health Animal Centre veterinarian, explained that there are several types of preventative treatment options, but Bravecto is the most recommended.

“It is far superior to topical oil products like Advantix and others. However, some people still prefer the topical oils, or some dogs don’t tolerate pills.”

The treatment is administered at either a one-month or three-month frequency, and the oil is available by order. Topical oils may need to be reapplied more frequently if your dog is a swimmer.

If you do find ticks on your pet, Dr. Lanz said to pull them off, adding that a red bump or sore may be present after a tick bite.

She noted that some dogs will have a more serious reaction to tick bites.

“They may need some veterinary attention if they get any secondary reactions, but otherwise, usually just pulling the tick off and leaving it be is sufficient. It is usually self-resolving.”

If you are not comfortable pulling the tick off your pet, she said to book an appointment at Prairie Health Animal Centre, and they will be able to help.

Most farm and house animals are treated preventatively, explained Dr. Lanz, adding that if animals are in a tick-infested area, they could experience a large number of tick bites, which could lead to tick toxicosis, an overload of toxins.

“We also see it in other species like horses, especially foals, which are the most common. Wild animals can die from tick toxicosis if they get too many ticks on their whole body, overwhelmed by the immune stimulation and the reaction that the tick creates in the body.”

Regular preventative treatments are crucial in safeguarding your pets from ticks and other external threats. By staying vigilant and consulting with your veterinarian about the best options for your pet, you can help ensure their long-term health and well-being. Keeping your pets protected from these dangers is an important part of responsible pet ownership.