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2016 Is An Elevated Tick Year

Sunday, May 22, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

DOGFLEAYou’re in the park with your dog and he’s happily rolling around in the grass fetching his dog toys. Lots of owners forget the threat of fleas and ticks while having a great time with their best friends. They don’t take along flea and tick protection for themselves or their pet and leave themselves and their dog very vulnerable to dangerous flea and tick bites.

According to the Cary Institute disease ecologist, Rick Ostfield, 2016 will be a boom year for ticks. As scientists learn more about Borrelia burgdorferi – commonly called Lyme Disease, we know that organisms primary source of transmission to humans and dogs is the black legged tick. We do know that their are other methods of contracting this disease, but ticks remain the primary mode of transmission. The prediction this year comes from 20 years of field studies so please take it seriously.

Check your dog regularly for both attached and crawling ticks. Past studies have shown that attached ticks need to be attached for 48 hours for transmission however, that study has been replaced by new ones that indicate that transmission can take place in less than 24 hours. This is according to the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society.

Make sure you take flea and tick protection, also a flea collar for your pet is always a good idea.

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