TICKS by Kara Hachey
Registered Veterinary Technician
Ticks, these little critters are so small, yet can cause such large issues, and their numbers just keep rising.
2012 Map about location of ticks submitted in Canada for testing. As you can see, they are prevalent in all the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec! We have seen the numbers rise yearly in the past 2-3 years in NB. Cases of lyme disease in pets and people are on the rise!
Definition of a skin parasite : it feeds off the blood of it’s host; whether it be our pets or ourselves. Ticks can be found in tall grasses like those in parks, wooded areas and even the unkempt lawn of your home. Ticks do not jump but instead grab a hold to anything walking by from the tallest grasses they perch on. When a tick bites is is virtually unnoticeable and neither animal nor human will feel it, but the danger lies in the possible infections they can carry in that bite. Usually it takes 24-48 hours for an already attached tick to potentially transmit such diseases as follows.
A great way to do prevention at home for yourself and pet is to do a quick shake down of your pet, feel for any lumps that are new or unusual . If a tick is found, there are few safe options/tips for you to follow.