September Is A Peak Month For Deer Ticks

"It's going to be a nightmare again this fall"

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 13, 2018 - 10:41 am
Dog and Cat


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Some people think tick season is over, but that is not the case.

Since September experiences a lot of ticks, Dr. Mike Hutchinson, veterinarian and owner of the Animal General in Cranberry, joined KDKA Radio in his weekly spot to talk about them, and answer some other animal questions as well.

When are the peak months for ticks?

“Here in Western Pennsylvania, May and September are the peak deer tick months. We have a little reprieve during the summer, and they are now back this month,” Dr. Mike said.  

“It's going to be a nightmare again this fall. Even in below zero weather they don't die when they are insulated by snow. They just have this persistence about them.”

How can my dog receive proper healthcare and vaccines if the veterinarian refuses him because his behavior is so bad?

“This is why we have things like chemical restraint. Owners with dogs like this get it, they understand that we have to give them something to calm them down,” Dr. Mike tells KDKA Radio.

“Sometimes the normal things we use don't work, so we have to be creative. There are veterinarians out there that will help them, it just has to take teamwork so that people in the waiting room aren't put at risk, the employees aren't put at risk, and the owners aren't put at risk.”

Our dog is having problem with a cyst that keeps growing, then rupturing, then gets better with antibiotics. However it cycles right back in the same location. Is there any way to make the cyst go away permanently?

“The only way to permanently get rid of them is to take the entire cyst out. It is a surgical procedure,” Dr. Mike tells listeners.

We adopted a cat with a beautiful coat that gets matted over and over and loathes being brushed. Are there any suggestions to solving this dilemma, except clipping her all the way down?

“If you don’t brush them every day, they’ll develop gnats. They’ll twist up and they get very painful. They loathe being brushed because it hurts,” Dr. Mike added.

“You need to know this before adopting a cat. This comes with the care. If you don’t, then you are faced with the potential of having to tranquilize that cat to clip it down.”

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