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Vet warning of spring tick activity

Spring is upon us and the warmer weather means that it is time again to watch for ticks on your furry friends. Veterinarian Dr. Corin Berg says tick season is getting longer and longer each year. He explains that they can start to see tick cases as soon as the temperature rises above 4 degrees. He says it is important for pet owners to ensure they are checking their animals regularly for the species of mite.

“If you have been in tall grass or the park, somewhere where ticks can be active, make a habit of checking your pets over closely after being in those areas.”

Berg added that if your pet does pick one up, it is important to remove it properly. This is to not cause future problems for you and your pet.

“There are some special little tools that are like a teeny tiny claw hammer. You can gently insert it under the head to release tension and slowly pull these guys out.”

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Getting the ticks removed will prevent bacteria infections like lyme disease.

In 2015, there were 81 ticks submitted to the government’s submit-a-tick program in the North Zone. The program keeps tabs on tick activity in the province.

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