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200 ticks discovered on one canine causes concern for animal management officers

Pets are relations and like kids, dad and mom do not need to see hurt come to them.

That is why a number of animal management volunteers and workers together with shelter volunteers are throwing up a purple flag about this 12 months’s tick inhabitants and what they’re anticipating to be a heavy season for ticks.

What prompted concern in regards to the up and coming season with ticks is a submit by the Pike County Animal Shelter on Fb that they obtained a canine that had over 200 ticks.

“Ticks gross me out,” Lisa Jackson with Paws of Jacksonville mentioned, including that pet house owners wants to make sure that they’re giving canine coronary heart worm remedy, too.


“My advise is prevention and test with a vet,” mentioned Becky Lashmett, president and volunteer at Scott County Canine Rescue in Winchester.

A number of counties have been experiencing canine with ticks because the season is on the cusp and doing their finest to take away them safely.

“We have had one canine however he wasn’t in the most effective situation,” mentioned Julie Boehler, administrator for Macoupin County animal management. “We do not have a difficulty but however that does not imply we can’t.”

In Illinois, grownup ticks are most lively April, Could and June. By September, the adults are inactive and are hardly ever noticed with the American canine tick transmitting what’s referred to as the Rocky Mountain noticed fever, tularemia and presumably ehrlichiosis to people.

“It was simply summers however vets are recommending giving prevention all 12 months spherical,” Boehler mentioned.

Leigh Winner, animal management officer for the town of Winchester, additionally expressed concern about tick season with the hotter months and in addition seeing Pike County’s submit in regards to the canine that had over 200 ticks.

“That is an insane quantity,” she mentioned. “What vets are telling us is that they are very lively proper now.”

A few of the negatives that ticks carry and may switch — to each canine and people — is Lyme illness, which is a bacterial illness transmitted by contaminated ticks and was first acknowledged in america in 1975 after a mysterious outbreak of arthritis close to Previous Lyme, Connecticut. Since then, studies of Lyme illness have elevated, and the illness has develop into an vital public well being drawback.

“Ticks can switch to people, too,” Winner mentioned.

Winner went on to recommend that pet house owners ought to routinely test canine for not solely ticks, however flies, too, along with making certain that canine are updated with coronary heart worm remedy.

“All of it will depend on the coat. If lengthy haired, I might recommend utilizing your palms,” Winner mentioned. “Examine the ears, high of the pinnacle, nostril and eyes and the genital space.”

Ought to a tick, or ticks be discovered, it’s best to make use of tweezers — or buy what’s referred to as a tick hook — and seize and twist them out, based on Lashmett.

“It’s a must to ensure you do not lower the pinnacle off,” Lashmett mentioned. “Seize them as near the pores and skin after which twist and pull them out.”

Winner mentioned that ticks could be discovered wherever, in brush or tall grass or can fall from bushes.

“There even in a yard, particularly when you have bushes,” Winner mentioned.

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