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 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.
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.