Dr. Bob McClellan with Superior Animal Hospital reminds pet owners that now is the time to be proactive with tick protection for your pets. It only takes a little bit of sunshine for these nasty bugs to come out of hiding and the most likely subject for them to glom onto are our four legged friends.

As most of us know the deer tick is the one that draws the most concern for disease but when it comes to ticks there are actually two different kinds of diseases to be concerned about- Lyme disease which most of us are aware of and Anaplasmosis. McClellan said to FOX21 

Both of them can present similarly, but they’re very different in how they affect the host. Both of them can present similarly, but they’re very different in how they affect the host.

If your animal is has any of these symptoms get them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. fever, lack of appetite, cough, or seem to be lethargic. There are many products on the market that you can use but it is probably best to consult with your veterinarian. And of course make sure you get the proper dosage for the size of your dog or cat. My chihuahua does not tolerate the liquid form of flea and tick medication so after consulting with my vet. we found an oral medication that has worked just fine.

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Also, given the fact that Easter is this weekend some of you may be tempted to pick up a lily plant or two or may have company bring one over to your home. If you have a cat or kitten do not bring them anywhere near your home they are toxic for cats. Even with one small bite from a leaf a cat could experience kidney failure or death. If you discover that your cat has bitten one of these leaves do not hesitate get help go immediately.

Spring and Summer are awesome seasons that we all enjoy but just like humans we have to protect our pets from some nasty things that we find outside. As always if you ever have any questions about medications or these type of ailments consult a veterinarian.

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