Officials warn about tick season

It is important to put your dog on a tick preventative and vigilantly check for ticks on your pets.

Posted: May. 4, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: May. 4, 2018 5:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With the weather warming up, officials are warning people to be cautious of ticks. 

In the warmer months, the ticks become more active and can affect people and animals. 

Officials with Lane County Public Health said ticks inhabit brush, tall grass and trees. They can carry a number of diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and Tularemia.

Dr. Amy Barkhurst, a veterinarian at the Santa Clara Animal Hospital said they see an increase in dogs who are bitten by ticks. She said both dogs and cats can be bitten, but it is more common in dogs. 

She said it is important to put your dog on a tick preventative and vigilantly check for ticks on your pets. 

"So anytime you take your dog hiking or out in the woods, afterward do a tick check on your pet and see if there are any ticks that are attached," Barkhurst said. "If there are, don't panic, you can contact your veterinarian. It takes several hours if up to two days for a disease to transmit during a tick bite, so don't panic and call us for any advice." 

She said it is important to know that some diseases dogs can get from ticks can also impact people, so she recommends wearing gloves if you try and remove the ticks yourself. 

For people, officials said you should avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass, use repellent and shower as soon as possible after coming indoors. 

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