Ticks begin to look for a blood meal at 4°C. Tick activity begins in early spring and continues through summer into fall until temperatures drop below 4°C.
If you find a tick, remove it! The easiest and safest way is to grasp it as close as possible to the skin with tweezers and pulling it straight out, without pulling the tick’s body. Consult your veterinarian for help if required.
Most tick bites do not cause any health problems. However, they can sometimes transmit illnesses that cause fever, anemia, paralysis, lameness and other symptoms.
Ticks can be prevented by regular checks of your animal (and yourself!) after spending time outdoors, and use of tick control products available from your veterinarian.
Ticks transfer onto animals and people who walk through long grass, bushes and brush.
More than 97% of the ticks in Saskatchewan are the American dog tick aka ‘Wood Tick’, and less than 1% is the blacklegged tick aka ‘Deer Tick’. Deer ticks are common in BC, Manitoba and Eastern Canada, and hitchhike here on migratory birds. Deer ticks can be associated with Lyme disease.
Consult your veterinarian about proper tick removal and control products!
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