June 2012 Issue
Safeguard Your Pets Against Ticks
Theyre dangerous and disgusting. Heres what you can do to protect your cat and how to recognize the warning signs.
Ticks are tenacious. They creep up tall grass, weeds and fences waiting until a passing shadow, a vibration, an odor or even a whiff of exhaled carbon dioxide tells them a possible host might be passing by. Then they let go of their perch and fall, or reach out with their front legs to snag hold of a furry coat (or a pant leg). Once on board, they insert their mouths into their prey and begin their meal. During this feeding, tick saliva mixes with the hosts blood.
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