Spring Time is Parasite Prevention Time!
It’s been a long & snowy winter but spring is almost here! Longer days & warmer temperatures bring about an increase in outdoor activities for us & our pets. Our time outdoors increases chances of exposure to a variety of parasites—including Echinococcus multilocularis, an emerging threat in Alberta. Because of the impact parasites have on animal & human health, it is important to have a safe, effective & comprehensive parasite prevention program in place. There are many types of external & internal parasites & the side effects of these parasites depend upon the type & where they are living on or in your pet! The good news is that with proper testing & administration of preventive medication & measures, most common parasites can be controlled effectively & in many cases preventable. We can help you design a parasite prevention program based on your pet’s age, location, health status & lifestyle. It’s time to be proactive & keep your whole family healthy! Call us to discuss prevention & treatment options that can maintain your pets highest standard of health
Ticks come MARCHing in!
March is National Tick Awareness Month (NTAM), a client-education initiative introduced in 2016 by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Thanks to this initiative a growing number of pet owners across the country are now aware of the risk of exposure to ticks in early spring, & are taking measures to protect their pets & their families against these parasites & the diseases they can carry.
Over the last decade, due to changes in our climate, evidence has shown that Canada has become a viable landscape for more tick species to invade & establish endemic populations. In turn, occurrences of tick-borne diseases have also increased. Ixodes tick or deer tick, (vector for several diseases including Lyme disease) was once considered an emerging tick species, has now been classified as established in almost all provinces. The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases believes that in the near future most Canadians will live in regions, where the deer tick & Lyme disease will be endemic.
Now there is a new tick in town! Amblyomma americanum or “Lone Star” tick is the new emerging species of concern in Canada. This tick can transmit several pathogens to dogs & humans, including Ehrlichiosis and Rickettsiosis in dogs, southern tick-associated rash illness, Tularemia in people. Most recently, Lone Star ticks have been implicated in inducing a severe red meat allergy in humans. Meet Lone Star Louie:
We, in the veterinary community, may not be able stop tick expansion, but we are working hard to help change public perceptions & behaviours when it comes to tick control.
If you find a tick on your pet, yourself, someone else, or anywhere outside, Alberta Health asks you to submit the tick for testing as part of a tick surveillance program. Tick(s) can be brought in to our veterinary clinic and we will submit the tick(s) so they can be identified. All blacklegged ticks will be tested to see if they carry the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, that can cause Lyme disease in humans. Results of this program will continue to help Alberta Health better understand the risk of Lyme disease in Alberta.
Cancer research benefits both pets & people. Please help us with our Fight to End Cancer fundraising efforts by entering a draw during March for one of two Westmount Animal Gift Certificate ($250 each) by donating directly to
THANK YOU & REMEMBER WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU HELP YOUR PET!