How do Ticks Get on Pets?

The tick population in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, causing a drastic increase in cases of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne illnesses among people and pets.

Sometimes, it seems, that despite our best efforts to keep our pets close, we still wind up pulling ticks off them every spring, summer, and fall. Understanding how ticks get on pets (and people) and what you can do about it is crucial to winning the fight against tick-borne disease.

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Tick Awareness: Preventing Lyme Disease in Pets

ticksLyme disease has been in the news in recent years, and for good reason. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most commonly transmitted vector-borne illness in the United States. The disease affects both humans and animals, and if left untreated, can result in a multitude of painful complications.

With spring weather ramping up, now is the time to focus on preventing Lyme disease in pets. At Schertz Animal Hospital, the health of your pet is our top priority. We have the tools you need to keep your furry friends safe!

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Bug Off! Why Pets Need Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

mosquito silhouette on concrete textured surfaceFor many of us, mosquitoes are only troublesome in the spring and summer…right? Well, scratch that (pun intended)! The risks associated with mosquitoes and other parasites are present 365 days a year, making year-round heartworm prevention essential.

The Perils of Pesky Mosquitoes

Sure, mosquitoes are annoying, but they also transmit heartworm disease, which can be fatal to our pets. Heartworms invade the vital organs, most notably the arteries around the heart and lungs. Continue…

The Buzz on Pet Parasite Prevention

Mastiff in gardenFleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests are an unavoidable part of life in a coastal climate. With our mild Texas winters and the early arrival of spring, parasite prevention should be on the mind of every pet parent.

The Trouble With Parasites

After getting bitten by a mosquito or an unwelcome tick, it’s easy to understand why we loathe most pests. However, dealing with an itchy bite is less concerning than the more troublesome diseases parasites commonly carry. Continue…