Yes, There Are Ticks In the City! #Seresto

548411_408372592518135_809019096_nFor those of you who may not know, my family and I live in the city.  Living here for the past couple of years has been quite the experience for me, as I was never much of a city person.  I grew up in a very small, rural town in Massachusetts.  I dream of the day when I can move out to the middle of nowhere again, but for now we call the urban jungle home.

Where I used to live, the tick population was probably about a billion times the human population.  I used to spend a lot of time hiking, and I absolutely loved everything about it - except for having to pull ticks off myself afterwords.

If I had a nickle for every time one of my friends back in MA said something along the lines of "well at least you don't have to worry about ticks anymore", I'd have more nickles than the number of ticks in the whole state of MA!  And only if they were right.  Yes, there are ticks in the city!

Really, there are.  We may have more concrete and high rises than we do grass and trees, but I promise you those buggers still find a way to survive.  That means they still find a way to infest city pets, and yes, city ticks can cause diseases just the same as any country tick can (unfortunately).

dogsagainstfleasProbably the most well known tick borne disease is Lyme disease.  But it's not the only disease that ticks can carry.  No matter where you live, city or country, the following are common diseases that dogs can catch from ticks:

  • Canine Ehrlichiosis:  Common symptoms include fever, depression, weight loss, loss a appetite, runny eyes and nose, swollen limbs, and nose bleeds.  Ehrlichiosis in dogs is caused by the brown dog tick, and is prevalent through the US and Canada.
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:  Caused most commonly by the American dog tick, common symptoms include fever and neurological problems.  As the name suggests, this tick borne illness is most common in the Rocky Mountain area, however it is also found throughout the US and Canada.
  • Canine Anaplasmosis: Transmitted by deer ticks, this disease can cause loss of appetite, lethargy, neurological issues, and in extreme cases even seizures. 
  • Canine Hepatozoonosis: This disease is caused by dogs eating infected ticks.  It causes symptoms such as fever, weight loss, lethargy, and is most common in the Eastern US.
  • Canine Babesiosis:  This disease is found throughout the US and generally causes symptoms such as weakness, pale gums, vomiting, weight loss, and lethargy.  It is transmitted by the American dog tick, and can also be passed from dog to dog through saliva.

This is not an all inclusive list!  Keep in mind that a dog infected with a large number of ticks, even if they don't catch any diseases, can experience symptoms such as anemia, skin irritation, pale gums, and lethargy.

201_Seresto_nocrossTicks may be small little buggers, but they can be dangerous!  That's why it's so important to make sure you prevent them from infecting your pet - no matter where you live!

If you're looking for a simple, hassle free way to prevent fleas and ticks check out the Seresto collar.  If used as directed, it prevents fleas and ticks for up to 8 months!  Perfect for pet owners (Seresto is available for dogs and cats) who don’t want to fight with their pet to apply monthly flea preventative.

This post is sponsored by Bayer / Seresto and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Seresto product, but Paw Print Pet Blog only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Bayer / Seresto is not responsible for the content of this article.

  • Ticks are everywhere! The insidious little creatures are a huge problem for us here in the Maine North Woods. With deer, moose, and other wildlife wandering through our yard, we check the family and the pets every day for ticks. Bill found one on my back about 3 weeks ago. Luckily he got it before it had a chance to really take root but it creeps me out just thinking about it. This year we tried a new line of defense that has cut down on the number of insects overall around our property - Guinea Fowl. They are great for bug control. We have even noticed a huge decline in mosquitoes and houseflies, even with the very wet summer we have had. They are bug eating machines but they would never work in the city! Noisy....oh my word! What a racket they can make!

    • Michelle

      That's awesome! I would love to try something like that, but like you said - wouldn't really work in the city. I'm glad you found something that works for you though. I'll have to make note of that, I daydream everyday about being able to move out of the city.

  • sandy weinstein

    be very careful and research, read review abt the seresto collar. over a third of the users have had major problems both cats and dogs. my dog wore the collar for abt 2 mos, she had a check up b4 the collar and was fine, bloodwork, etc. after a few days, she become lethargic, severe itching, took off a few days then put back on, problems came back, called bayer, said problems would stop in a few days. she continued to get ticks, lot of ticks, and got infested with fleas, in addition, she became very lethargic, lost her appetite, lost movement in hind legs, got sores all over, dry itching skin, and many more other problems. took to vet, blood work off with collar on, vet said blood work showed she may have kidney disease, did ultrasound and bloodwork again, after removing the collar for 5 days, blood work back to normal, ultrasound normal, no kidney problems, sores and dry skin started going away, started getting movement back in hind legs, but after 2 wks, still having some residual problems....even vets have stated on reviews, do not use on small or older dogs. 1 dog had stroke and died, other people said dogs got lots of ticks, developed lyme's disease, etc. i would never recommend this collar. i have spent over 1300 in vet bills b/c of this collar.

    • Michelle

      Wow I'm so sorry you and your dog experienced that! I'm glad to hear that she is doing better, and hope the remaining residual issues are resolved soon.

      Reactions/sensitivities can occur no matter what type of pesticide product you use, whether it be Seresto or another type of flea/tick preventative. Owners should always do plenty of research and select a preventative product that is best for their individual pet/situation.

      On the Seresto Collar product label, it states "Individual sensitivities, while rare, may occur after using ANY pesticide product for pets. If signs of sensitivity occur, remove collar and bathe your pet with mild soap and rinse with large amounts of water. If signs persist, or become more severe, consult a veterinarian immediately. If your animal is on medication, consult your veterinarian before using this or any other product. If your dog is experiencing an adverse event, contact your veterinarian and call 1-800-422-9874."

      It sounds like you did the right thing by your dog and I really really hope she is 100% better soon!