It’s that time of year again! The dreaded tick season! Many people think you can only find ticks up in the north woods. Unfortunately, that’s not true at all! Even tall, grassy areas in busy subdivisions get ticks, too! And, things could get worse throughout the summer if sticky, humid weather is a regular occurrence!
This year is the worst tick season on record due to the mild winter we had, which kept more animals alive that act as hosts to ticks.
There is a great article with lots of information on this year’s tick problem and what it means for your dog. Of particular note is the quote, “They can be found from the northeastern United states through the southeast, as well as around the Great Lakes region, especially Wisconsin where instances of Lyme are high.” According to the CDC, just 14 states account for roughly 95 percent of Lyme disease cases: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Image credit: CDC.gov
After being outdoors, check yourself, your kids, and your pets for ticks. Please give us a call to get your preventatives, and if you have any concerns about Lyme Disease, please see us at Oak Creek Veterinary Care animal hospital for testing! Bravecto is a great drug that now keeps your dog safe for up to 12 weeks in a single dose–with no messy neck ointments or collars! Your dogs can’t wait to get out there and play. It’s the season for doing so, so please keep them safe! Call your veterinarian at 414-301-9113!