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National Tick Awareness Month

national tick awareness month

When the tick movement expands in many parts of Canada, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) runs a National Tick Awareness Month mission. Fortunately, most tick species in Alberta don’t have Lyme disease.

Still, there is proof that tick species equipped for transmitting the microorganisms extend their reach throughout Canada. Thus, all pet owners must be aware of ticks and the potential harm they have to pets.

Lyme disease in pets is a dangerous occurrence that is very common among pets. Common symptoms to look out for include weakness, enlarged lymph nodes, joint expansion, exhaustion, and loss of hunger. Kidney issues also are linked with Lyme disease.

What are Ticks in Pets?

Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of their host, which can be a creature or a human. Ticks are effective transporters of illness since they are challenging to remove while sucking blood. Furthermore, ticks feed gradually and may slip by a person’s notice for an extensive time frame while feeding.

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can affect humans, pets, and wild animals. The removal of a tick or ticks is essential. It’s proven to take 36 to 48 hours before the infection bacterium gets transferred to the host.

Still, most ticks alone don’t represent a danger to human or creature wellbeing. Regardless, it’s essential to stay away from ticks whenever possible. It’s not worth the gamble, primarily because of how devastating the disease is.

How to Avoid Ticks

  • Stroll on cleared trails whenever the situation allows, and try not to stroll in tall green or lush regions.
  • Wear lighter clothing and conceal as much skin as you can. For instance, a cap, a long-sleeved shirt, and long jeans are ideal.
  • Utilize bug spray on yourself containing the synthetic DEET or Icaridin to repulse ticks and reapply as often as possible.
  • Check yourself and your pets for ticks if you are in a lush region where ticks might reside.
  • Check your pets for ticks after they have been outside, and remember that you can’t get Lyme disease from your pet. However, your pet can bring contaminated ticks inside. These ticks can tumble off your pet and connect themselves to you.

How Do I Know if My Pet Has Ticks?

An exhaustive check of your pet can assist you with tracking ticks. Run your fingers over them, separating their fur around their neck, ears, and tail. If you feel a tiny bump, it may be a tick.

If you find a tick on your bedding, rugs, or the floor, you or your pet likely brought it into the house. Remember not to dismiss a single tick in your home as a one-off. Look at your pet and do a comparative assessment.

After a tick bite, a pet might show a mild or high-grade fever. The fever may last 24 hours or go on for days or weeks. Fever symptoms include shortcomings, loss of hunger, shuddering, and strange gasping.

An embedded tick might make a pet unnecessarily nip or lick at the bite site. If you notice this behaviour, realize it might be a tick. Also, if you see your pet shaking its head more than typical, get out a flashlight and search your pet’s ears for ticks.


  • Fever
  • Small Bump
  • Head-Shaking
  • Unexplained Scabs
  • Ticks in Your Home

What if a Tick Has Been On My Dog for a Long Time?

Promptly look for the guidance of a medical care professional should any side effects happen. You don’t want to take any risks with Lyme disease since it can be devastating to some dogs. Furthermore, it’s essential to seek vet guidance if the tick was on the body for over 24 hours.

What Happens if I Don’t Remove Ticks from My Pet?

Other than looking dreadful, ticks can make a response in the skin that drives a little ulcer, primarily if it’s not eliminated as expected. In youthful pets, a weighty pervasion might prompt weakness. Thus, it’s vital to get the tick removed and analyzed as soon as possible.

How Do I Get Rid of Ticks On Pets?

  • Oral Medications
  • Shampoos
  • Tick Dips
  • Tick Collars
  • Treat the House and Lawn
  • Check Your Pets
  • Tick Sprays
  • Powders

Where to Check for Ticks

  • In and around the ears
  • Around the eyelids
  • Under the collar
  • Under the front legs
  • Between the back legs
  • Between the toes
  • Around the tail

Types of Ticks on Dogs

Common ticks on dogs include the American dog tick, the lone star tick, the deer or dark-legged tick, and the brown dog tick. Other tick species are around in different areas. Inquire your vet if you want extra data about particular animal categories.

What Does a Dog Tick Look Like?

Generally speaking, ticks are little, round, and dim/brown in variety. Ticks can get confused with skin bumps. Still, if looked closer, you can see the tick’s legs. When the tick is engorged, the typical dog tick is dark in color and a cm in width.

What are the Worst Ticks For Dogs

The Rough Mountain spotted fever is a more generally known tick-borne infection that influences dogs and people. It’s given from the American Dog Tick, the Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, and the Brown Deer Tick.

What Are the Most Common Ticks for Dogs?

  • American Dog Tick
  • Brown Dog Tick
  • Deer Tick
  • Lone Star Tick
  • Asian Longhorned Tick


Alberta Health (AH) leads tick surveillance in the territory, testing ticks for the presence of the microbes to figure out Lyme disease in Alberta. AH screens the sorts of ticks that connect to pets, animals, and people through a tick accommodation program.

If you track down a tick on an individual, pet, or in the wild, you can present a photo of it to the Alberta Submit-a-Tick program. You can submit the image through the eTick site or application.

Nowadays, just photo entries are acknowledged. Research facility testing of ticks for surveillance purposes will start. Kindly return to the Alberta Government page for updates and more data on the new accommodation process. Tick awareness is essential.

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