Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

June Newsletter
Watch out for that tick!

If you have been for a walk with your pet you may have noticed that your four legged friend brought home some unwanted guests: TICKS! Parasitologists have also seen an increase in ticks over the past 10 years. According to Dr. Dryden, (Veterinary Parasitology Professor at K-State) there are many reasons that ticks and the diseases they carry are spread:

  • · Warmer winters;
  • · Suburbanization, which brings together people, wildlife and ticks;
  • · An increase in white-tailed deer;
  • · Migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas;
  • · A movement toward the preservation of open space and the replanting of trees; and
  • · The use of fewer insecticides.

Human and animal disease that are carried by ticks include anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and lyme disease. But you can help prevent these diseases by using a flea/tick preventative. An example of a preventative that we find successful is Frontline Plus. Frontline Plus works by placing a combination of ingredients in the oil glands of your pet’s skin and then self distribute continuously for one month to protect against fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks do not have to bite your pet for the Frontline Plus to work. Fleas typically die within 12 hours of contact with your treated pet and ticks generally die within 48 hours. Unfortunately, there are no products available that actually repel ticks.

We are also testing a newly released tick and flea collar called Seresto. We are using this on select patients that have a lot of tick problems to see if it will be effective against high concentrations of ticks. After all, at Stolley Park we are committed to making sure the products we recommend are the best available and that they will work effectively!

Contact us if you want are having trouble controlling ticks on your pet, we would love to help!