Ticks and Tick Borne Diseases: A Primer

Ticks pose a serious threat to pet healthAh, the sweet smell of spring! We’re sure you can’t wait for backyard barbecues, camping and hiking trips, and simply playing outside with your dog. However, the warm weather brings with it a danger to our pets: ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks can survive the winter just fine indoors – even in your garage – so it’s important to prevent these pests year round. With that in mind, the team at New Haven Pet Hospital wants to arm you with helpful information to combat ticks and tick borne diseases.

Ticks 101

The tick is not an insect but an arachnid closely related to a spider. Ticks can be found in every U.S. state and are most active in the spring and fall. In general, they prefer dark, moist, brushy places in which to lay their eggs, but they also commonly “quest” for hosts in tall grasses and shrubs.

Tick bites are painful and irritating, but the real danger lies in the tick borne diseases they transmit. These diseases can cause serious issues in both pets and people and are often difficult to diagnose. Continue…

Why Heartworm Testing is Important to Your Pet’s Health

Among all the incredible benefits that come with routine pet wellness exams, heartworm testing is at the top of the list. This common practice gives us insight into whether your pet’s parasite prevention is up to par and provides us the opportunity to make any necessary changes.

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Spring Has Sprung, and So Have Pet Parasites

springtime pet parasitesPet parasites can range from several inches long to microscopic, but don’t let size fool you! Sometimes the most formidable foes come in the smallest packages. Learn what you need to know to keep your furry friend safe against pet parasites as spring ensues.

The Usual Suspects

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, a few common pet parasites become a concern. Higher temperatures, more time outdoors, and damp weather all contribute to a perfect storm for many unwanted visitors.

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