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At Abbotsford Animal Hospital we have noted a sudden and dramatic rise in ticks in York Region. Parasite forecast recently published each spring by the Companion Animal Parasite Council showed a significant rise in tick infestation as well as Tick transmitted diseases.
Tick transmitted diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia are increasing in Aurora, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. The number of positive animals has jumped dramatically.
Despite the cold of February it does not look like weather will have much of an effect on Tick numbers. However, the effect of weather is much less significant than human behaviour. Pet owner’s not giving their preventative and allowing parasites to penetrate into the sub-urban and urban areas is a major contributor to the rise in tick, flea and heartworm disease. The key to stemming the tide is early and consistent parasite control.
At Abbotsford Animal Hospital we recognise the risks these parasites pose to our patients, we have several excellent options for tick, flea and heartworm prevention. We can customise prevention based on the exposure risk of each individual patient.
The best way to treat disease is to prevent it.
Call and ask us how we can help you keep you, your pet and your family safe this season.
Dr. Jory Bocknek
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