We usually hear about ticks in the summertime when people are constantly outside. But with all of this warm weather we’ve had, are ticks still a problem?
According to local veterinarians, ticks are as big of a problem as ever. Ticks only die when temperatures go below freezing for more than 45 days. With this late fall warm-up, we haven’t come close to that.
Domenic Mannello of Northumberland brought his 6-month-old puppy Suntan into the Lewisburg Veterinary Hospital for her first appointment. He says getting her checked for Lyme disease is one of the reasons he’s here.
“That’s what I’m in the process of going through with her right now,” he said.
Veterinarians at this animal hospital near Lewisburg stress the importance of checking your pet for ticks, or your pet could end up with a bad case of Lyme disease from a tick bite.
“We started Midnight on some antibiotics which didn’t sit very well with her,” explained Dr. Beth Crombie. “We took her off those and switched her to a new kind. Now she’s hospitalized with some IV fluids because she’s not eating or keeping things down.”
Because of the warm weather, more people and dogs are spending time outside.
“I personally feel that it’s an issue that’s an all-year-long problem. It takes 45 days in a row below freezing to kill a tick and we very rarely ever see that around here,” Dr. Crombie said.
The veterinarians say the problem here has gotten so bad that they’re seeing more animals with ticks than without.
“We used to just talk to the clients who have hunting dogs or working farm dogs but nowadays it’s every dog.”
Dr. Crombie stresses the importance of tick prevention, including a vaccine and Lyme disease collars.
She also says to constantly check your dogs for ticks, especially when they are outside in this warmer weather.
Another dog’s owner found a tick hiding in his long fur.
Mannello says ticks are one of his biggest fears when it comes to Suntan.
“Whenever she scratches, I’m glad she has the short hair. It’s easy to check to see if she has a tick or anything like that. But I don’t want her to get sick.”
The vet says to keep checking for ticks because with all of this warm weather, it doesn’t look like the insects will be going anywhere, anytime soon.