“Woman hospitalized with Rocky Mountain spotted fever.” “Rhode Island tick population up 80 percent.” “Tick increase poses risk of disease.” You don’t have to look very far to find a headline and read the news: ticks are a bigger threat than usual this year, no matter where you live. Thanks to a mild winter and dry conditions from coast to coast, tick populations are up, and people and pets are at risk of contracting tick-borne diseases such as ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and others.
If your clients have questions about ticks and what they can do to protect themselves and their pets, the AVMA has plenty of resources that can help. We have a brochure on external parasites that you can download and print from our website at no cost or purchase in larger quantities at a reduced AVMA member rate. You’ll find several resources in our comprehensive reference guide, “Disease Precautions for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Their Companion Animals.” And we also can assist you in helping your clients understand the safe use of flea and tick products.