Busting the Tick Myths

Busting the Tick Myths

Ticks raise a lot of questions!  Dr. Adolph bust the Myths and tells us the Truth about these 8 legged insects.  Common Tick from North Eastern United States

The Myth:  Ticks die off during the winter months

The Truth:  Ticks doe not die just because it is winter.  They do become less active during the cold months but can still attach to your pet and transmit potentially deadly diseases.

The Myth:  I never see ticks on my pet, so we do not have ticks in our area

The Truth:  Ticks are present throughout the U.S. The 3 life stages capable of attaching to pets (nymph, larva, and adult) are very small.  Unless there are dozens of ticks present, or the ticks have fed long enough to become engorged (about 7 days), most infestations go unnoticed.

The Myth:  Ticks should be removed with alcohol, a lit match, nail polish, petroleum jelly, etc.

The Truth:  The best removal method is grabbing a tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and using gentle, steady traction to lift it.  Other methods may facilitate the transmission of infectious agents.

The Myth:  Ticks fall from trees

The Truth:  Tick live on and just above the ground.  When the host approaches, they release from love vegetation and attach to the animal.

The Myth:  Those medications do not work – I still see ticks.

The Truth:  No product is 100% effective.  Consider this: if a pet encounters 1,000 ticks, a product with 99% efficacy (considered excellent by medical standards) may still leave 10 ticks.  With very high exposure, additional measures may be necessary to protect your pet.

The Myth:  My dog does not go outside, so I don’t need to worry about ticks.

The Truth:  Does your dog go outside to relieve him or herself?  Even a short excursion increases the risk for ticks.

The Myth:  I’ll start using medication if I see ticks.

The Truth:  Prevention is better for your pet and more cost effective for you.  By the time ticks are detected, disease transmission may have already occurred.

The Myth:  I treat my yard, so my pet does not need medications.

The Truth:  Environmental control is great, but it is one of many components of effective tick control and alone is not enough.  Combining yard treatment, minor landscaping changes, and most importantly year-round preventatives for your pet will keep him or her safer.

Feline Revolution

Feline Revolution

How complete is your cat’s parasite protection?

There are many parasite medications available that treat common external parasites such as fleas.  However, there are a host of internal parasites that can’t be seen, which can also be dangerous to your cat’s health.

REVOLUTION is a medication that treats and prevents a broad range of external and internal parasites and can provide the protection that your cat needs.

Experts agree that broad-spectrum parasite prevention is the best medicine

  • The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), an independent group of veterinary experts and practitioners, recommends year-round, broad-spectrum parasite control for cats.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, recognizes the risk of internal intestinal parasites being transmitted from dogs and cats to humans, and recommends regular monitoring and treatment of intestinal parasites for pets

Do your cats stay indoors?

Even indoor cats are at risk for parasite infection.  In fact, all the parasites in this brochure have been found in both indoor and outdoor cats.

Fleas and Flea Eggs

What are they? Fleas are the most common external parasite found on cats.  They feed on a cat’s blood, and lay eggs that fall off anywhere the cat goes inside the home, such as the carpet.  These eggs hatch and develop into adult fleas that can then re infest pets in the home.

Why should I protect my cat from fleas?

  • Can cause skin irritation or flea allergy dermatitis
  • May transmit tapeworms and serious bacterial infections
  • Can be difficult to treat once they infest your cat … Hundreds of unseen eggs and immature fleas can develop around the home, making it important to use a medication that eliminates adult fleas and flea eggs

How do I know if my cat has fleas?

  • Itching and scratching
  • Unusual amount of chewing or licking
  • Fleas or evidence of fleas, including black specks or “flea dirt” on pet’s skin or hair coat

How is my cat at risk?

Fleas can be brought in by other animals or people.  Once inside they can multiply quickly, with female fleas able to lay up to 40-50 eggs per day.  These eggs represent adult fleas that can infest your cat and other pets.

Heartworms what are they?

Heartworms are potentially lethal parasites transmitted by common mosquitoes.  After infecting a cat, they eventually develop into adult heartworms in the large blood vessels of the lungs, near the heart.

Why should I protect my cat from heartworms?

  • Just 1 or 2 worms are enough to cause potentially fatal illness
    • Sudden death without signs of disease has been reported in some cases
  • Can also cause lung damage known as Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD)
  • Currently, there is no approved treatment, so prevention is the best protection

What signs should I look for?

There may be none seen in early stages of infection, but later-stage signs can include

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight Loss
  • Lethargy

How is my cat at risk?

Heartworms can be carried inside by mosquitoes.  In a clinical study, >25% of cats diagnosed with heartworm disease were confirmed by their owners to be indoor-only cats.

Ear Mites

What are they?

Ear mites are tiny parasites that live mostly in a cat’s ears and feed off the ear lining, producing a black substance that looks like coffee grounds.  In heavy infestations, ear mites can spread to other parts of a cat’s body.

Why should I protect my cat from ear mites?

  • Can cause severe irritation, resulting in cat’s ears becoming red and inflamed.

What signs should I look for?

  • Head shaking or intense scratching, particularly around ears, head, and neck
  • Red-brown or waxy discharge in the ear
  • Crust and possible hair loss around the ears

How is my cat at risk?

Ear mites are highly contagious.  They can find their way indoors with other pets that are infested (dogs, cats, and ferrets), and can then quickly pass on to your cat.

Roundworms

What are they?

Roundworms, are the most common internal parasite found in cats.  They live in the small intestine, and both adults and eggs are passed in a cat’s feces or vomit.

Why should I protect my cat from roundworms?

  • They not only affect your cat’s health, they are also dangerous to people, especially small children.
    • Can be passed to people who come into contact with contaminated soil or feces.
    • Due to the risk of infection in people, the CDC recommends that precautions be taken, including providing pets with regular treatment for intestinal parasites.

What signs should I look for?

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Weight Loss
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Dull or poor hair coat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Pot-bellied appearance

Tips on protecting your family and pets from intestinal parasites

  • Frequently dispose of your cat’s feces
  • Do not allow children to play in areas that have been soiled with animal stool, and cover sandboxes when not in use.
  • Wear shoes and take other protective measures to avoid skin contact with sand or soil
  • Was your hands with soap and warm water after playing with pets or other animals, after outdoor activities, and before handling food.  (www.CDC.gov)

It’s time for Revolution in your cat’s parasite protection

Revolution treats, controls, and/or prevents a broad range of external and internal parasites in just one dose

Simple monthly treatments keep your cat protected all year long with Revolution!

  • FDA has a proven track record of safety
    • FDA-approved, with safety tested in over 15 different pure and mixed breeds
    • No need to separate your cat from children, other pets, or adults after applying
    • So safe it can be used in kittens as young as 8 weeks old, and in breeding, pregnant, and nursing animals

 

 

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