By: Dr. Barrientos
By now everyone has heard about how ticks are increasing in Ontario. Specifically in areas of Toronto, including Downtown Toronto, ticks have been very active this year.
We removed this tick last week. It is a female black legged deer tick. This tick species transmits Lyme disease. Other species of ticks have also been found in Ontario including the Lone Star tick which has been found to cause red meat allergies in people. This tick is usually from Texas but has migrated all the way to Canada. This year ticks have remained active since March and they will remain active and feeding as long as temperatures is at 4 degrees Celsius and above.
So don’t forget to keep applying that monthly dose of tick prevention on your dog. If you haven’t done anything yet it’s not too late to start.