Somebody just learned that Cats can get ticks too!

With the heavy rains, we’ve see this past winter, and the sudden shift to warm weather, there’s sure to be a huge rise in tick infestations.

If you want to prevent these nasty blood-suckers, we can help. We stock Vectra, a topical spot on medication. Also, Nexguard, Bravecto, and Simparica that are all oral medications that will kill ticks too.

Dr. Krome really likes the Preventic tick collar. It doesn’t kill fleas, but will repel and kill ticks and combined with Comfortis for fleas, your pet will be well protected.

For the first 5 people (or pets) that stop by for a Tick protection product, we’ll toss in a free Tick Twister free if you mention the FB ad!

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Even with these preventative measures it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for ticks, ESPECIALLY after a trip outdoors!

If you see a tick on your pet, remove it as quickly as possible. Pluck it with your fingers (be sure to use gloves), with some tweezers (still use gloves) or a Tick Twister (or similar puller – I’d still use gloves).

Lymes Disease is no joke!

Drop the tick into isopropyl alcohol and note the date you found the tick. If your pet begins displaying symptoms of a tick-borne illness, your veterinarian may want to identify or test it.

Wash your hands, clean your pet’s wound with antiseptic and make sure to clean your tweezers or twister with isopropyl alcohol.

Keep an eye on the area where the tick was to see if an infection surfaces. If the skin remains irritated or infected, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Watch your pet for symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Some symptoms include arthritis or lameness that lasts for three to four days, reluctance to move, swollen joints, fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and neurological problems.

Ticks are also a threat to your winged friends as well, so be sure to keep an eye on them as well!