Ticks Come in Small, Medium and Large. Ticks can range in size from as large as an apple seed to as small as the period at the end of this sentence.
Ticks Crawl Up. Ticks live on the ground no matter the locale, but are well-equipped to climb. They typically crawl up from grass blades onto a host and migrate upward, which is why the head, neck and ears are prime places to hide, but ticks can can be found stuck anywhere, even in the groin.
Ticks are a Year-Round Threat. Cold and snowy? No big deal. Ticks can survive in snow as well as the sun. If the temperature is 40 degrees or higher, even for just a few hours, ticks are wide-awake and hungry, looking for a meal. That makes stopping tick control medication during winter months a risky thing to do. Constant protection is important.
Lyme is Everywhere. Look no further than global warming for causing an uptick in diagnoses of Lyme in dogs-and people. The ticks that transmit the disease are spreading rapidly across our country and can be found on every continent, except Antarctica.
Lyme can be Fatal for Animals. Though it doesn’t usually occur in dogs, Lyme can cause kidney failure and death in severe cases. The most common sign of Lyme in dogs is arthritis, which causes sudden lameness, pain and sometimes swelling in one or more joints. Other symptoms include fever, reduced appetite and sluggishness.
Lyme Transmission Happens Quickly. Ticks are by far the most common disease vector in the United States. Humans and animals can contract Lyme disease when they have prolonged contact with an infected tick. In most cases, it takes 12 to 36 hours for the feeding tick to transmit the bacteria that causes the disease.
Tick-Borne Disease Is Preventable. There’s only one way to become infected with the disease, and that’s from a tick bite. Taking steps to protect yourself, family and pets with year-round preventive medication and regular tick checks, especially if you spend time outdoors, will drastically reduce the risk of developing Lyme. Remember, one bite is all it takes to make you sick, so prevention is your best bet.
Treat Lyme Early. The odds of getting Lyme disease from a tick bite are rather low. Even in tick-ridden areas, fewer than 5 percent of bites result in an infection. But those that do should seek treatment immediately.