Tick and Mosquito Season
Ticks are notoriously difficult to find on a horse because horses are big, while ticks are small, slow moving, and dark colored. To make matters worse, ticks go through a nymphal stage during which they are even smaller. Many tick-borne diseases can still be transmitted by ticks during their nymph stage, including Lyme disease. So, let’s take a look at the diseases and their symptoms, the most common tick species (don’t get too creeped out!) and finally tactics and products that will help you and your animals keep those ticks at bay.
Diseases, Symptoms & Diagnosis
Here is your cheat sheet for recognizing the symptoms of tick-borne disease in horses and dogs.
It can take up to six weeks for Lyme disease symptoms to present themselves. It takes between 36-48 hours for the disease to be transmitted once a tick had attached to its host. There are multiple ways to test for Lyme disease, including tests to see if a tick you find on your animal is infected, as well as tests to see if your animal has been infected. Not all animals will contract Lyme even if the tick found on them was positive for it. It’s a complicated disease.
- Joint stiffness
- Shifting lameness (lameness travels from limb to limb)
- Low-grade fever
- Weight loss/loss of appetite
- Swollen/warm joints
- Sensitivity to touch
- Stiff, arched-back walk (dogs)
- Uveitis (horses)
At Burns, we have several products to help you combat ticks on your horse. Some of those include:
- Fly sprays
- Dusting powder
Applied once every two weeks, Equi-Spot provides long-lasting control against dangerous ticks that can spread Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus and Equine Encephalitis, as well as biting
flies and gnats.
- Protection lasts for up to 14 days
· Ideal for pastured horses
· Won’t wash off in rain or when your horse sweats
· Available in a 6 or 12 week supply
- Not labeled for foals, miniature horses or donkeys.