Pennsylvania Residents -- be on tick watch this year.
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Bug 
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning and I saw a friend of mine shared this article [PA is Nation's Lyme Leader]. 
I figured I would share this to all of my border collie friends and give you all a heads up if you live in the state or surrounding areas or just in general if your area is known for ticks. 

It's no fun watching your animal suffer because of this disease nor is it fun having to make them go for tests and stressing/praying everything is gonna be okay. We will do it, if we have to because it's for our dogs but it still sucks. 

 So please make sure you check your animals (and yourselves) and please protect them, naturally or chemically (whichever way works best for your dog(s) & the ticks in your area) from these pests.

*side note it's a bit frustrating and irritating that this stupid state of mine won't do any kind of funding for this disease BUT yet we are the nation's leader ---- makes complete and total sense *insert eye rolling emoji*
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I heard about this. I intended to do some research into it but I guess you beat me to it.

""We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," Rick Ostfeld, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, recently told NPR.

The Hudson River Valley was overrun with mice during the summer of 2016.

Ostfeld’s 2012 study looked at conditions that might predict a large tick population for the following year. Acorn and mouse abundance were the best predictors in one county, but not in for a broader picture. The connection to weather conditions were weaker."

This is what I heard and was going to look into. Nice to see it in more than one place, makes it a little more creditable. Thanks for sharing and getting the word out.

As a side note, the ticks are out already. I went on a walk through the woods with Kep last Monday and when I got back I found two ticks on my leg. Thankfully there weren't any on Kep. So all that to say be careful and extra cautious, those nasty ticks are active NOW.
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We have been told this is going to be a bumper crop year for ticks here as well. People have been removing ticks of their dogs for almost 2 months already. 

I highly recommend the "tick twister" for anyone who lives in an area where ticks are around.  http://www.ticktwister.com/
They are inexpensive and really do a good job.
Linda

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We don't normally have ticks at my house, but they are around this area in different place, but my cat has had at least one tick every month all "winter." Ticks are usually spring and fall, not winter, but then again, this has NOT been a typical winter.
Gotta love 'em.
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GM, it's the same over here in Oz. There is no such thing as tick season anymore, they are around all the time and only the density of the population varies between seasons. From what I gather, your climate is similar to ours and I think the subtle changes in climate across the globe is changing the game. I normally give the dogs a break from preventative treatments in winter but I am just not sure if I should continue to do that. My vet tells me they are getting paralysis tick cases all year around.
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(04-05-2017, 09:12 AM)Loyal Border Wrote: I heard about this. I intended to do some research into it but I guess you beat me to it.

""We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," Rick Ostfeld, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York, recently told NPR.

The Hudson River Valley was overrun with mice during the summer of 2016.

Ostfeld’s 2012 study looked at conditions that might predict a large tick population for the following year. Acorn and mouse abundance were the best predictors in one county, but not in for a broader picture. The connection to weather conditions were weaker."

This is what I heard and was going to look into. Nice to see it in more than one place, makes it a little more creditable. Thanks for sharing and getting the word out.

As a side note, the ticks are out already. I went on a walk through the woods with Kep last Monday and when I got back I found two ticks on my leg. Thankfully there weren't any on Kep. So all that to say be careful and extra cautious, those nasty ticks are active NOW.
we didn't have a cold enough winter to kill off the adults so now they're laying eggs ugh. stupid sob's hahahaha. you're welcome! i'm very anal about ticks anymore and i always try to get the word out about them ever since Chance got lyme's disease last summer. i knock on wood havent found any on me or Chance yet. but we use k9 advantix II on him and we apply it monthly. like i have a reminder set on my phone to give it to him on the same date every month. he plays in the water and gets 'baths' aka rinse offs enough that it's definitely time for a new dosage each month. 
(04-05-2017, 04:02 PM)only-borders Wrote: We have been told this is going to be a bumper crop year for ticks here as well. People have been removing ticks of their dogs for almost 2 months already. 

I highly recommend the "tick twister" for anyone who lives in an area where ticks are around.  http://www.ticktwister.com/
They are inexpensive and really do a good job.
oh yeah we have two of those, because we lost one but then later found it lol. thankfully, we haven't found any actually on Chance since we switched to k9 advantix II
(04-05-2017, 06:05 PM)Gideon Wrote: We don't normally have ticks at my house, but they are around this area in different place, but my cat has had at least one tick every month all "winter."  Ticks are usually spring and fall, not winter, but then again, this has NOT been a typical winter.
exactly. it's like never a typical winter here anymore. it's winter for like a couple weeks maybe, and then it's back to warmer ish weather. my cat used to get them all the time & he somehow managed to never get lymes. he had thyroid issues and cancer but never had lymes. 
(04-05-2017, 11:52 PM)Trifan Wrote: GM, it's the same over here in Oz. There is no such thing as tick season anymore, they are around all the time and only the density of the population varies between seasons. From what I gather, your climate is similar to ours and I think the subtle changes in climate across the globe is changing the game. I normally give the dogs a break from preventative treatments in winter but I am just not sure if I should continue to do that. My vet tells me they are getting paralysis tick cases all year around.
we need to start having winters where it's cold enough to kill the adults but those haven't happened in a while.  yeah we treat chance year around now, because of him getting lymes, which i'm pretty sure he got bit by the tick during 'winter' months. it caused lameness for him in his front right leg.
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