Cases of ticks are being reported in Newfoundland more and more often. In 2015, there were 25 cases confirmed by the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency. Luckily, none of these cases tested positive for Lyme Disease.
Talk to your veterinarian about different insecticides available for your pet. If your pet is regularly outdoors, check him/her daily for ticks. Use a fine tooth comb to comb out ticks that are clinging to the fur. Check under the armpits, in the ears, and under the belly, too. When out hiking, be sure to stick to the trail to avoid ticks in low laying areas.
If you find a tick, do not squeeze it or burn it off your pet. Use tweezers to grasp as close to the skin as possible by gripping its head and without crushing it. Steadily pull upward until it releases. Clean the bite with soap and warm water to prevent infection. Don’t squish the tick to dispose of it, as this may spread any diseases it has. Instead, wrap it in toilet paper and flush it down the toilet.
To find out more about dogs and ticks visit www.dogsandticks.com
To find out where ticks have been identified in Newfoundland visit the Foresty and Agrifoods Agency website at www.faa.gov.nl.ca