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According to a recent interview with leading parasitologists, published by Veterinary Practice News, we can expect to see more ticks this year for the following reasons:

  • Warmer winters
  • Suburbanization, which brings together people, wildlife and ticks
  • An increase in white-tailed deer
  • Migratory birds that carry ticks to new areas
  • A movement toward the preservation of open space and the replanting of trees
  • The use of fewer insecticides

This news is cause for concern for everyone. Those of us who have dogs and cats that venture outdoors must not ignore the risk to our pets. That means protecting our pets, as well as ourselves.

Ticks are carriers for the following six diseases:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Tularemia
Baked bean? Nope - it's an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Baked bean? Nope – it’s an engorged, dead tick, thoughtfully preserved for the enlightenment of future generations of pet owners. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Get links to articles on each disease here and learn how to protect yourself and your family.

We can help protect your pet with Lyme Disease vaccinations and Preventic collars, so let us know if you and your pet will be doing any of the following activities:

  • hiking, especially in wooded or grassy areas, such as state and public parks
  • camping
  • travelling
  • hunting

Of course, ticks can be found right in your own backyard, so keep an eye out for these pests – and if you see one on your dog or cat, tell us!

In fact, we’ve begun hearing from more clients who are finding ticks on their cats — and those cats are not going hiking with their owners. That means ticks are very much a backyard problem in this area.

Found a tick on your pet?
Watch this video from About.com that explains the Do’s and Don’t’s of tick removal.

Need a tick removal device?
I searched Amazon.com and came up with this list of tick removal devices, including the crow-bar type shown in the video.

Other resource on the pending tick explosion:
Companion Animal Parasite Council

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Heading for the woods this weekend? Be on the lookout for ticks. 

The Virginia Department of Health has produced a chart to help you identify ticks found in Virginia, as well as the diseases they carry.

Don’t skimp on tick protection for your dogs when hiking. A tick can easily hitch a ride on an unprotected pet, then transfer itself to you at home.

Tick-borne diseases are no joke for people or pets. The result is often severe illness, and some can have lasting effects (such as joint pain) if not treated in time.

Protect your dog with a Preventic collar. Preventic collars kill and detach ticks before they can transmit Lyme Disease, when used properly.

Protect yourself with a tick repellent spray containing at least 15% DEET if you’ll be hiking for up to 6 hours. (Learn even more at DEET.com.)

Quick links to information on tick-borne diseases:

Anaplasmosis

Babesiosis

Ehrlichiosis

Lyme Disease

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Tularemia

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