While it may not feel like spring is here to us, the bothersome insects have not been slowed down. Ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are coming out and bring their diseases with them. Mosquitoes carry Heartworm disease which infects and kills many dogs and cats every year. Mosquitoes also carry West Nile Virus which rarely affects our dogs and cats but has significant health implications in people and our equine friends. Ticks carry Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, two bacterial infections of dogs and people. While we write about these same diseases every year, they need to be mentioned again since more and more people are also getting infected, especially with Anaplasmosis. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, record numbers of people in Minnesota became infected with Anaplasmosis making it as common as Lyme disease in people. Since both Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis are carried by the “deer tick” (now renamed the “black legged tick”), tick control needs to be a high priority for all of us. Here are a few ways to help keep us and our pets protected from disease carrying ticks:
- – Apply a topical flea and tick killer such as Frontline Plus to your cat or dog every month. This ensures that the fleas and ticks that your pet may pick up will not survive to come and bite you as the owner or any other people in contact with your pet. At Skyline we have competitive pricing on Frontline Plus and if you buy 6 doses you get the 7th one free!
- – Have your dog tested for Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis yearly. This will let you know if your pet has been exposed and may need treatment. At Skyline we offer the 4Dx test which will test your dog for Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Canine erhlichiosis, all for only $39!
- – Check yourself and your pets for ticks after a day outside.
- – Wear light colored clothing so you can spot ticks on yourself easier.
As for protecting your dog or cat from Heartworm disease, all it takes is a once monthly chewable tablet such as Iverhart Plus and your pet will be safe from Heartworm disease and some common intestinal parasites. At Skyline we have great pricing on Iverhart Plus and then you get a rebate on top of that!
Please contact us at 763-574-9892 for more information on these insect borne diseases and the awesome deals we have on products to protect your pets from them.
If you would like more information on human Lyme disease and Anaplasmosis, please check out the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/news/pressrel/2011/ticks050611.html.