Ticks - A Health Concern for Your Pet and YOU!
Most pet owners tend to think of ticks as being a problem in wooded areas and thick underbrush. But ticks can be found even in cities, parks, undeveloped areas, and possibly your own backyard. What most people don't realize is that ticks are involved in the transmission of numerous diseases. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are probably the two illnesses that are most familiar, but ticks can carry and transmit different types of bacteria, viruses, toxins, and single-celled organisms called protozoa.
While dogs are most likely to encounter ticks, cats can also experience problems. Because cats tend to be meticulous with their grooming, they often remove ticks through their grooming habits and owners are not likely to find ticks on their cats.
Summer and fall are when most pet owners are concerned about ticks, but ticks can be active and be a problem even in winter. Ticks are active anytime temperatures are above freezing. So a mild sunny day in winter can pose a problem just like a mild day in the fall. Ticks are found in every state in the U.S. - including Alaska and Hawaii. For many states, the average monthly temperature allow ticks to be active for at least 1/2 - 2/3 of the year.
Most pet owners understand how ticks can pose health problems for their pets, but what they don't realize is that ticks can be carried into their home while attached to their pet. Once in the home, ticks may drop off of the pet and then get on humans and potentially transmit a multitude of diseases. Even worse is the potential for ticks to drop off the pet and lay eggs in the home resulting in a new generation of ticks.