Because we don't know where they'll end up next
Ticks may be anywhere.1 As a result of migrating birds, spread of host animals, warmer climate, or human activity, ticks are rapidly and inevitably expanding their range.2, 3
Take a look at the maps below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing the expected geographic distribution of the lone star tick, Gulf Coast tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick. Plus, the CDC indicates these populations of ticks may be found outside the noted areas.1
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Simparica is for use only in dogs, 6 months of age and older. Simparica may cause abnormal neurologic signs such as tremors, decreased conscious proprioception, ataxia, decreased or absent menace, and/or seizures. Simparica has not been evaluated in dogs that are pregnant, breeding or lactating. Simparica has been safely used in dogs treated with commonly prescribed vaccines, parasiticides and other medications. The most frequently reported adverse reactions were vomiting and diarrhea. See full Prescribing Information.
1. Geographic distribution of ticks that bite humans. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/geographic_distribution.html.Updated 2015. Accessed February 1, 2016.
2. Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: The State of Science. Critical Needs and Gaps in Understanding Prevention, Amelioration, and Resolution of Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases: The Short-Term and Long-Term Outcomes: Workshop Report. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2011. http://www.nap.edu/catalog/13134/critical-needs-and-gaps-in-understanding-prevention-amelioration-and-resolution-of-lyme-and-other-tick-borne-diseases. Accessed November 13, 2015.
3. Yale School of Public Health. Mapping Lyme disease enzootic risk and linking to disease outcomes in the United States. https://publichealth.yale.edu/emd/research/zoonosis/projects/tick.aspx. Updated 2015. Accessed November 6, 2015.
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