A Guthrie veterinarian warns about tick transmitted diseases.
Ticks can transmit diseases to dogs and people. In fact, the CDC has reported that ticks in every U.S. state carry diseases and that the number of tick-borne diseases is increasing. A Guthrie veterinarian can testify to that as we are seeing more dogs than ever with tick transmitted diseases. A simple blood test is available that can that check for heartworms and six tick transmitted diseases.
There are several different species of ticks found in the United States. The Lone Star tick commonly infests dogs, cats and people. It primarily lives in wooded areas and this tick will not tolerate low humidity. The deer tick or black-legged tick transmits Lyme disease and is found in the eastern United States, but is not present in the South. The brown dog tick is unique because it can survive in low humidity environments, like your house, and survive for generations. This is one good reason to provide year around protection for your pets states a Guthrie veterinarian.
What’s the best way to remove a tick? Grasp the tick close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and pull the body out with a steady motion. Dispose of the tick by placing it in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet. Many people claim that you can remove a tick with a lit match, fingernail polish or petroleum jelly. However, none of these methods work and in fact these methods can actually result in the tick releasing more disease carrying saliva into the wound which increases the risk of infection.
There are many different monthly medications that are available for treatment of ticks. If you have seen ticks on your pets, visit a Guthrie veterinarian and have them tested and pick up some preventative medicine.
Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but our very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.