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Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases

  • Keeping outdoor grass trimmed to discourage infestations of ticks
  • Dogs are at risk for tick-borne diseases, they can carry ticks into your home as well. Dogs that are infected are not contagious to humans.
  • Keeping all animals on tick prevention year round

Tick-Borne Diseases to Know About

  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is transmitted by the American Dog Tick. This tick is the most common tick found in Ohio.
  • Lyme Disease is transmitted by the Deer Tick also known as the Black-Legged Tick are becoming more and more prevalent in Ohio. They are prevalent in heavily wooded areas.
  • Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis is transmitted by the Lonestar Tick. These tick is found commonly in Southern Ohio, in wooded or bushy areas.

How to Remove a Tick

  • If a tick is attached to your pet, remove it as soon as possible to reduce risk of infection
  • Shield fingers with a paper towel or use tweezers. Grasp the tick close to the skin. With steady pressure, pull the tick straight up and out.
  • Avoid crushing the tick
  • Do not use a hot match, cigarette, nail polish, petroleum jelly or other products to remove a tick
  • If you personally cannot remove the tick from your animal, please contact your veterinarian immediately
  • Be sure to let your veterinarian know at your pet's next visit that they had an attached tick on them. There may be precautionary tests that need to be taken for your pet's safety.

--From the Ohio Department of Health

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