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Friday, June 22, 2012

TICKS - are increasing BIG time in the Ottawa Area

TICKS in the Ottawa area - as posted by vet, Saye Clement on Facebook - "send out the word about ticks being bad this year. Warm winter combined with lots of deer and lots of wild turkeys (who knew!), and ground hogs, will likely lead to huge numbers of ticks on dogs (and people!). If people find ticks, have them email me a photo at the office. Thanks!!"  This vet is at the Carling Animal Hospital in Ottawa.  She is doing an informal study of ticks in this area. She's asking that you do one of two things; take a picture and email it to her (if you plan on having your vet send it off for Lyme testing), or if not, put it in a leak proof bottle with some rubbing alcohol and send it/drop it off to her.


So am passing along the word -

website is - for address/email info

http://www.carlinganimalhospital.com/


you and also read here ...

http://ottawa.ca/en/health_safety/conditions/lyme/

There are two great tick removal tools.  One is sold at Lee Valley Tools called a Tick Key, the other is a Tick Twister.

So far this year in grooming dogs, I've found one earlier than normal.  Last year a client's dog got one in a city park/green space area in the west/sound end of Ottawa.


The Ottawa Health site advises what to do for yourself, but my concern in writing this is for our animals.  Stay out of long grass, keep to trails, and check your dog well for ticks.  Their favorite spots tend to be around the head/ears, neck, chest.  All because the dog is usually nosing down in the grass :)  However feel/check everywhere.  Consider talking to your vet about the various preventative meds available for this time of year too.


And don't forget your cats if you let them out.

3 comments:

Chantelle June 23, 2012 at 8:27 PM  

Travis had a tick in early April. Most likely picked up in Ashton, ON but can't know for sure as we traveled to a few spots around the creater Ottawa area in a span of three days. Tick wasn't sent for testing, but his Lyme test came back negative when tested 35 days later.

Shelamo Shelties June 24, 2012 at 9:54 PM  

Gosh, that was early! Glad to know it was neg!

Kav June 26, 2012 at 1:01 PM  

Thanks for the info. Ticks haven't been something I've paid attention too since we're always in town, but it sounds like it might still be a risk -- especially since I leave close the the parkway and the river! And I have a section of tall grass in the backyard. Dealing with that this weekend!

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