Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.


Ticks are small insects that burrow their heads into your pet's skin to drink your pet's blood. Ticks cause localized inflammation and irritation to your pet's skin and have the potential to transmit various diseases to your pet. If you see a tick or what you think may be a tick on your pet, it is important to have it removed by a veterinary professional to ensure the head is not left behind. Your vet may prescribe a topical ointment. Depending on the prevalence of tick born diseases in your region, your vet may also recommend blood tests.    


  • If you live in an area where ticks are prevalent then be sure to keep your pet on a preventative.