Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Check pets for ticks to avoid diseases

Dr. Mark Russak • special to The Clarion-Ledger • August 5, 2008

Ticks are nasty little insects that vary in size from pinhead- to lentil-sized and are generally dark brown in color. They are skin parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts, but unlike mosquitoes, ticks don't just bite and then go away, they bury their heads under the skin and attach themselves for many hours until they are bloated with blood and then they drop off.

Your veterinarian has a complete line of flea and tick control products that work very well for dogs and cats. I do not recommend over-the-counter products as they can be dangerous if not used correctly (especially in cats), messy and don't work as well as the products veterinarians dispense.