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Ticks and zoonotic disease
Ticks present problems for both people and pets. They carry diseases that can affect both humans and animals like Lyme disease, as well as other bacterial diseases that can affect animals such as Anaplasma and Ehrlichia. Any disease that can be passed from animals to people is called a zoonotic disease.
Ticks are very tenacious, meaning they are hardy, difficult to kill, and persistent. The more we learn about ticks, the more we realize how difficult they can be to control. Even Minnesota winters don’t kill them – they hang out under the leaf and mulch layer under the snow so they are ready to start seeking a warm body as soon as the ground is bare of snow. Also, the different tick species can migrate, so ticks that we previously didn’t have to deal with in Minnesota are now in the area.
We here at Wolff Animal Hospital have a variety of products available for tick control for our patients. Call or stop in to talk with us about which option would be best for your pet.
If you have any questions about ticks, zoonotic diseases, preventatives, or what we would recommend for your pet, call us at 952-884-4353.