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Pets and Tick Disease

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Ticks are most active in the spring and summer months while the weather is warm and people are outside playing with their pets. Although the weather cools down in autumn, tick movement remains a concern in the fall season. As long as temperatures remain above freezing, ticks can spread tick diseases such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other harmful diseases to both people and pets. 

Here is a reminder about ticks and where they tend to hide on pets. 

Ticks In the Fall

Ticks seek warm-blooded mammals to feed on for survival. They will continue to latch-on to deer, people and pets for their food source and are commonly found underneath leaves and firewood in grassy and wooded areas. While not all ticks carry tick-borne illnesses, it's important to thoroughly groom pets for hidden ticks. 

Where are ticks found on pets?

Ticks tend to bury themselves in the fur of pets along the ankles since they crawl from the ground up; however, other spots where ticks hide on the body include:

  • In and around ears;
  • Underneath collars;
  • Underneath tails;
  • Elbows;
  • Toes (more common in dogs than cats)
  • Groin Area

For tick management, pet owners will need to remove the tick with a tick removal tool to guarantee the entire tick is removed from the skin. The process of removal is the same for pets as people.

So far in 2019, there have been 280,000+ dogs confirmed with Lyme Disease in the United States. Protect pets from the spread of tick diseases this season.