Tick-Borne Disease Increases in Ventura County

Incoming data from leaders in veterinary diagnostic laboratory testing shows that tick-borne diseases in Ventura County continues to rise in 2017. California is home to a variety of tick species including the Brown Dog Tick, American Dog Tick, Pacific Coast Tick, and Western Black Legged Tick. These ticks are known to harbor and infect both pets and people with bacteria that causes serious disease such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Erlichiosis, and Tularemia.

Data for 2017 strongly suggests a continued trend toward an increase in tick-borne disease prevalence for Ventura County. So far, there are 8 confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 10; there are 10 confirmed cases of Anaplasmosis in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 7; and, finally, there are 30 confirmed cases of Ehrlichiosis in Ventura County compared to last year's annual total of 34. From 2014 to 2016, positive reported cases of these three diseases has increased by almost  20%. While this data is very significant, it is estimated that it only represents less than 30% of the tick-borne disease activity in our region.

Tick-borne diseases can manifest very differently in dogs or cats compared to humans and, depending upon the disease, can sometimes take weeks to months to produce symptoms which may include lameness, general weakness, persistent infections, bleeding disorders, or kidney damage. We recommend giving your pet a monthly medication to prevent ticks from attaching and transmitting disease. Please contact us for more information about parasite prevention. Click here to see prevalence maps for tick-borne diseases in various geographical locations including Ventura County.

Flea and Tick Prevention Month

SophieGrassDuring the month of July, we are celebrating flea and tick prevention with several promotions. We recommend flea and tick prevention year-round for multiple reasons. Fleas can thrive all year long because of our weather although many people notice an increase in flea infestations during the summer. Flea eggs develop best in higher humidity and in temperatures of 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, prevention throughout the year is a much better option than treating an infestation after it occurs. Fleas and ticks can cause harmful and deadly conditions. Preventatives can help shield your pet from these pesky parasites especially during the summer months when their exposure often increases. Call us to ask about various savings or promotions for flea and tick preventatives for dogs and cats. Also, during the month of July you can try Nexgard for free. Some exclusions apply. Nexgard is a chewable treat for dogs that is administered once monthly to kill fleas and ticks. Also, any pet parents who takes home Nexgard during this month will receive a ballot to enter into a contest to win 1 of 10 BBQ prize packs that each include a brand new grill, patio furniture, and food gift card. These packs have a retail value of $7,500!