Tick Talk


Regional Prevalence of Tick-borne Disease

Be aware the distribution and prevalence of tick species and tick-borne diseases change by season, year and region. Weather, rainfall and climate all influence ticks; for this reason monitoring for tick-borne disease is a dynamic, ongoing process.

Keep Your Dog Safe from Tick-borne Disease

  • Learn about the ticks and diseases in your area.
  • Use effective prevention – consult your local veterinarian. Be aware that tick preventatives do not prevent disease transmission; they reduce risk by reducing the tick burden on the dog. Always use canine-approved preventatives only.
  • Most common clinical signs: local inflammation, lethargy, lack of appetite, shifting leg lameness, fever, and spontaneous bruising.
  • If your dog spends time outdoors, check them daily for ticks. Pay close attention to the head, ears, shoulders, and upper leg areas.
  • Never spray human tick repellent on your dog as these chemicals are toxic if ingested.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about annual testing for tick-borne disease. Testing is fast and effective.
  • If your dog displays signs of tick-borne disease, they may initially test negative. This is because tests that measure for the presence of antibodies against the pathogen take time to reach measurable levels in the blood. Your veterinarian may test twice using an initial “acute” sample followed by a “convalescent” sample about two weeks later. Alternately, the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) diagnostic tests for the actual pathogens.

Learn more information about tick-borne disease and our 2016 Tick-Borne Disease Initiative!


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