Spring is coming, and it has been a very wet and warm winter here in Ohio. Since the beginning of the year we have diagnosed almost a half a dozen cases of tick-borne disease already! If your pet isn't on flea and tick prevention, now is the time to re-start it! We recommend it year-round in this area, as even in a cold winter the ticks are still alive and well on wildlife. Every see a deer in your yard? Even in the suburbs...? We have too! Tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis, can cause painful joints, fevers, weakness and even organ damage and death. These symptoms are often initially mistaken for arthritis, particularly if you have an older or large breed dog. If you find a tick on your pet please remove it, including the small mouth parts. If your pet is on a good tick preventative, they CAN get ticks on them, but they should be dead and not engorged. If your pet gets ticks and is not on prevention, please call your veterinarian. Please be aware also that some types of prevention do not kill every type of tick, and some flea preventatives do NOT also kill ticks. Good prevention can save you and your pet from painful, costly veterinary bills. Get out there and safely enjoy the warm weather!