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Keeping Track of Ticks!

According to leading parasite experts, ticks today are more numerous, found in more geographic areas, and are transmitting more diseases than ever before. Ticks happen to be one of the most efficient disease transmitters in the world due to their life span, built-in survival tactics, exceptional feeding habits and the ability to remain infective for extended periods of time. They are second only to mosquitoes in the transmission of life-threatening disease.

Ticks are Survivors- some species can live up to 3 years.

Ticks are Patient-they spend most of their lives off of a host.

Ticks are Tough- some find microclimates to survive over the winter. They can emerge to feed when it's still as cold as 40 degrees.

Ticks are Bloodsuckers-they feed on the blood of their hosts. They cannot mature to the next life stage until they have a blood meal.

One of the reasons ticks have moved from woods to backyards is due to suburban development. There is more shared space and interaction with tick-carrying wildlife. Many experts are recommending that if the family dog tests positive for any of the tick transmitted diseases, family members should also be tested by their own physicians. Luckily, there are products for dogs and cats that offer protection against fleas and ticks, and the diseases they carry.


Dr. Dorothy Brinker
Located in Washington, MO

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