Today's Veterinary Practice

MAY-JUN 2018

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ESSENTIALS Interested in selling your practice? ©Banfi eld 2018.03 Banfi Find out more! Banfi eld is looking to welcome strong general veterinary practices into our family. Being part of Banfi eld means championing quality care while off ering your staff impressive perks and opportunities. pet's record before extra-label uses are conducted. Finally, restricting pet access from tick-infested environments may be necessary. Incorporating Environmental Treatment In some situations, especially in tropical and subtropical regions and in climate-controlled kennels, brown dog ticks (R. sanguineus) may infest buildings, with ticks crawling up walls and curtains and throughout the home or kennel. In these situations, acaricides may need to be sprayed indoors into cracks and crevices, behind and under furniture or cages and along walls and the ceiling. To minimize toxicity problems following application, the acaricide needs to be dry before animals or humans are allowed back into the premises. CONCLUSION The range and local density of certain tick species has increased in many areas. Whatever the factors responsible, it must be recognized that tick infestation may be much higher—and associated tick-transmitted diseases may be more prevalent—in some locations today than in the past. The increase in tick populations means that pets are encountering ticks more frequently, pets are exposed to more ticks per encounter and clients may be seeing more ticks on their pets. Because tick products do not kill or repel all ticks instantly, clients may get the false impression that the products are not performing as well as in the past. These situations necessitate that veterinarians set client expectations for tick control, before clients set unrealistic expectations. Michael W. Dryden Dr. Dryden is a University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at Kansas State University. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State, and practiced for 2.5 years, subsequently receiving his Ph.D. in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University. He has authored and co-authored over 140 journal articles and has presented lectures in 22 countries. To see the references for this article, please visit .

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