Mistake 7: Treating a vaccine as a cure-all
Ticks carry a variety of infections that can sicken your pet and veterinary medicine currently has a vaccine for only one of them: Lyme disease. Even if your dog is vaccinated for Lyme, he still needs preventive tick treatment year-round, Dr. Marrinan stresses. And always bring your pet to the vet if you suspect tick-borne illness.
“We are seeing a rise in once-exotic tick borne illnesses, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, so if a pet is exhibiting symptoms of lethargy, fatigue, loss of appetite, joint pain, etc., owners should bring them in for an exam, Dr. Cox says. “And be sure to tell your veterinarian if you pet has been spending time outside or, especially, in a heavily wooded area.”