Year of the Blood Sucker

Dr. Bernadine Cruz  on Pet Life Radio

This is the year of the blood sucker.  No, I am not referring some of the key players in our national political scene but rather the forecasted explosion of ticks and mosquitoes.  These parasites have been bugging mankind for a LONG time.  An older sister species of our present day mosquito was found in some Burmese amber that was estimated to be 90 to 100 million years old. Lyme disease was discovered in 15 million year old ticks. 

We have all heard of the yearly hurricane forecasts made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, now the Companion Animal Parasite Council is predicting that in 2016 the spread of vector-borne disease agents transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes will continue to promulgate and create a year-round menace to both pets and pet owners. 

Veterinarian, Dr. Karen Fling, owner of East Lake Veterinary Hospital in Dallas, Texas and member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council is my guest today.  We are going to discuss diseases that can affect cats, dogs and sometimes their owners and what you can do to protect the entire family.