• (508) 359-1920
  • Come in, we're open
From the Blog

It's peak deer tick season! 5 fun (but mostly horrifying) facts about deer ticks...

Posted: November 29, 2016

Did you know right now is currently peak deer tick season?

5 fun (but mostly horrifying) facts about ticks

  1. Did you know that adult deer tick season starts/peaks around the 15th of October and continues throughout the whole winter?  Contrary to previous belief – instead of dying or hibernating after the first freeze, adult deer ticks become more active after the first freeze of the year.  This is the most common time of year that people start becoming lax with their pets flea and tick medication as the weather is colder – but this is one of the most important times of the year to keep it going!  Here at Medfield Veterinary Clinic and Westwood Veterinary Care we encourage full year round flea and tick prevention.

  2. If you pick a tick off your dog (or yourself) this time of year – do you know that there is an 80% chance that this is an adult deer tick?  Adult deer ticks can look large and grey (similar to dog ticks) when fully engorged.  Want to know what type of...

From the Doctors

“Heartworm disease, a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart, has recently become a lot more prevalent in our area. This is in large part due to the number of rescue dogs being shipped to the Northeast from the South. For this reason, we cannot stress enough the importance of keeping your dog up to date on monthly heartworm prevention all year. Also due to the increased prevalence, we recommend testing for heartworm annually since no prevention is 100% effective. ”