Just 12 to 15 years ago ticks were rare visitors to this area. Since then, they have become naturalized to the Kingston region and they have brought with them a variety of diseases. Currently, the most important one is Lyme disease which is spread by the Black-legged tick (also called the deer tick).
Dogs and humans are susceptible to the Lyme disease causing bacteria that pass from the tick during the two to five day feeding process. If your dog is coming in contact with ticks, then you are also at risk of being bitten by a tick and possible exposure to Lyme disease.
We recommend yearly blood testing for all dogs for Lyme disease. The blood test screens for Lyme disease, for two tick borne diseases, and for all mosquito borne heartworm disease. Preventatives for fleas, ticks and heartworm are some of the main ways to help prevent disease in your canine companion.
Ask us today about the test and about NEXGARD, the flea and tick preventative, and HEARTGARD, the heartworm preventative.