TICK CONTROL COULD BE NEEDED WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
INFECTED TICKS MEAN MORE RISK
In areas where tick-borne diseases are found there may be:
MORE RISK of individual pet exposure to disease, especially during fluctuating winter temperatures and throughout the spring.
MORE RISK of infected ticks surviving in areas where uninfected ticks may not.
TICK CONTROL AND ONE HEALTH
In simple terms, One Health is the concept that multiple groups work together to better protect human health. An example of One Health is the approach to the monitoring and management of Lyme disease, where through ongoing information sharing, veterinary, medical, and public health professionals can work together to help increase overall awareness and reduce the risk of exposure to ticks.
It is not only important for pet owners to protect their pets against ticks, but also take protective measures for themselves and the rest of their human family.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET
Be aware of when ticks are active and avoid locations where ticks can be found. If you can’t avoid them, make sure to do a tick check on your pet after being in those areas. Remove ticks promptly if they are found. In addition to awareness and avoidance, there are other tick control measures to better protect your pet.
Your veterinarian is the best resource if you have questions about ticks and Lyme disease in your pet.
SOME DOG PRODUCTS CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS, OR EVEN DEADLY, IF APPLIED TO A CAT. ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING ANY PARASITE CONTROL PRODUCT ON YOUR PET.
DID YOU KNOW?
Your veterinary clinic can perform a test to see if your dog has been exposed to Lyme disease bacteria from an infected tick.
A positive test does not mean your dog has Lyme disease or he will develop Lyme disease symptoms; however, it does indicate stronger tick control measures are needed in the future and your veterinarian may want to perform additional tests to determine the best course of action for your pet.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
Recent survey results from a study performed by the CVMA in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Narrowing the Knowledge Gap in Tick and Tick-Borne Disease Awareness and Prevention: The Roles of Canadian Veterinarians, revealed there is generally good awareness of Lyme disease and the risks ticks pose to human and animal health, but there remain gaps in knowledge concerning awareness and adherence to appropriate tick preventative behaviours for both people and their pets, and understanding Lyme disease in animals.
Be aware of when ticks are active and avoid locations where ticks can be found. If you can’t avoid them, make sure to do a tick check on yourself after visiting those areas. Remove ticks promptly if they are found. In addition to awareness and avoidance, there are other tick control measures to better protect yourself.
If you have questions about ticks and Lyme disease and your health, reach out to your family doctor and visit canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is no evidence in reviewed literature to suggest companion animals increase an owner’s risk of Lyme disease.
Contact your veterinarian for more information on tick prevention and awareness.
They can also help set up a tick control program
for your pet.