Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Tick Prevention

Ticks can be a major problem in many areas of Texas.  Ticks are often unnoticed initially. They attach themselves to your pet's skin and feed on blood until they are engorged.

They may feel like a bump when you run your hands through your pet's hair. Ticks thrive in high humidity and moderate temperatures, but can be found all over the country.

Ticks may carry and transmit diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (which can both cause serious health problems in pets and people), ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis.

The best way to find ticks on your pet is to run your hands over the whole body. Check for ticks every time your pet comes back from an area you know is inhabited by ticks. Ticks attach most frequently around the pet's head, ears, neck, and feet, but are by no means restricted to those areas.

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