Facts about Ticks in Virginia

Facts about Ticks in Virginia

This summer we have been focusing a few posts on Ticks and Fleas that have been sponsored by Blog Paws and Seresto. Today’s post about facts about ticks in Virginia  is to help educate both residents and visitors to Virginia about the dangers of tick borne illnesses. Unfortunately Virginia, with its temperate climate and large amounts of green space, is a veritable breeding ground for ticks.

Ticks and fleas in Virginia

Ticks carry a range of harmful diseases, including plague and lyme disease, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. As parasites ticks feed on your pet’s blood supply, which alone can affect overall health. Not only do these blood suckers cause harm to your dogs or cats, they are more than happy to latch on to humans as well, risking further spread of disease.

I found the most ticks on Chloe this year after a Walk in wooded and grassy areas, and I let her off the leash. She was not rolling in the grasses, which she does often but just running through a forest, exposed  her to those tiny seed ticks. Fortunately she is blonde so I was able to see them quickly, but Lacey, our cat is black and these are not as easily detected.

Facts about Ticks in Virginiaticks-in-virginia

I am not saying When visiting the many state parks and wooded areas in Virginia don’t bring your dog, just take the necessary preventative measures. We enjoy bringing Chloe on our hike to the Crabtree Falls this Summer and you should too.

Most pet owners’ first line of defense against fleas and ticks are topical medications and Collars like Seresto.  These preventative steps kill parasites when they latch on and feed.

Also don’t think if you are hiking in January you don’t have to protect your pet. Because of Virginia’s moderate climate, pests are a year-round concern, meaning you should utilize these treatments during all of the seasons. As I have mentioned before, Seresto Collars work for up to 8 months so you wont have to remember if you applied your topical treatment that month.

Enjoy your pets in the outdoors but not without further modes of prevention are regular grooming, including brushing and bathing your pet so you can actively search for attached ticks. Plus after hiking and possibly swimming in the any great dog friendly hiking trails in Virginia you will want them looking and smelling good.

25 Comments

  1. Great and very useful information for those who have pets.

  2. Never heard of this brand .. but it looks like a great for pets

  3. I’m sure a lot of pet owners will be getting this for their furry loved ones!

  4. I have never heard of this brand. I will have to check it out for my three dogs. Thanks for sharing.

  5. wow Kathy what a scary experience for you. Thanks for sharing this with my readers as well. Glad it was a happy ending.

  6. What a great post. I think many pet owners can benefit from this info on ticks. I am so scared of ticks. Lol

  7. I’m always worried about ticks after my grandmother contracted lyme disease a few years ago. Thanks for sharing how we can protect our pets!

  8. My son almost died when he was two and a half from Rocky Mountain Spotted fever which is a tick borne disease. He was in a coma for seven days and had to relearn to walk and talk.This was over twenty years ago and at that time Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever was not common in our part of VA so he was misdiagnosed for over a week even after I told them over and over he had been bitten by a tick When he slipped into the coma and swelled with 9 pounds of fluids, they finally admitted they might have been wrong, To this day I hate ticks with a passion.

  9. We do not have many ticks where I live but I will check this out and share with my sister that lives where there are more ticks!

  10. Oh wow ticks are so dangerous! I’m glad you found something that works!

  11. I need to get my cat a new tick collar, but I heard you shouldn’t use tick collars if you have young children who don’t always wash their hands. Is that true? I need to find something that is safe for my pet but also something that doesn’t pose a concern if my kids are petting the cat.

  12. I can’t believe how ticks are everywhere lately! Even in Florida, I’m watching my family

  13. It’s nice that you suggest a great product for pets, so many of us won’t have to go to the vet to get our pets checked up. Also, this will make pet owners feel more rest assured that their lovely pets are safe.

  14. Ticks are just nasty little vampires making a meal of cute furry things. Not fair.

  15. Yikes! I need to get this for my chihuahua to protect him in the long grasses near our home.

  16. Ugh! I hate hate hate ticks. My friend could use this collar, her dogs are always covered in ticks.

  17. We don’t have ticks where we live. That said, ticks don’t only attack your pets – they o after people too!

  18. Oh man, we ran into way too many ticks this spring summer. Weirdly enough, they were never on the pets, just on us.

  19. Ticks can really carry diseases and cause discomfort. It’s important to treat them immediately.

  20. We don’t have a pet at home because my brother has asthma. Although I can imagine how inconvenient it must be for pets if there are ticks leeching on them. It’s nice that there are products that can keep ’em away.

  21. I don’t have a dog to worry about ticks too much, but thank you for the review of product, I will definitely look out for this if I ever get a pet!

  22. That cat is beautiful, oh my goodness! Great Tick info, very useful!

  23. Great information! I am always afraid of ticks when I out in the woods.

  24. great post 🙂

  25. This is so great. I hate ticks and love my pets. I will look into these for sure!

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