Ticks are a common parasite that humans and pets encounter in Ohio. Ticks are most commonly found in April, May and June in our area. However, due to a more recent emergence of different types of ticks, we are unfortunately seeing these parasites on our pets all year round. The American Dog Tick (Dermacentor variabilis), which is the most common tick in Ohio, is found in highest number in the early spring. We are now beginning to commonly see the deer tick or black legged tick (Ixodes scapularis). This is the tick that can transmit Lyme's disease to humans and dogs and is active throughout the entire year.
It is for this reason the staff at Morris Veterinary Clinic is asking more questions about your pets' environment, both at home and away. We are adding a vaccine for Lyme's Disease prevention in the common vaccines given yearly to our dogs if the risk of disease is present. Please ask our doctors if this is something possibly needed for your dog's preventive health care plan. There is also a new oral flea and tick preventive available. Nexgard is the first oral tick preventive developed. Afoxalonar, the active ingredient in Nexgard, is a medication specifically used in animals for parasite control. Nexgard is safe to use in puppies 8 weeks and older or 4 pounds or more in weight. The chewable monthly treat is highly palatable and effective within less than 24 hours to kill fleas and ticks. Please contact our clinic with questions about this new product.