Deb D’Andrea, Nederland. Due to shifts in weather, it is anticipated this will be a stellar year for ticks. Already, I have read reports of ticks being found on Magnolia and Ridge Roads, and have seen pictures of these icky ticks. In Colorado we are home to 25 species of ticks, and while not all ticks carry diseases, many do.
These ticks can transmit diseases to people and pets; and one tick bite should be taken seriously due to Lyme disease, Colorado Rocky Mountain spotted tick fever; and the lesser known diseases Anaplasmosis and Erhlichiosis, among other diseases such as tick paralysis.
If you or your pet is bitten by a tick, promptly remove it, keep it in a Ziploc bag, and keep a close eye on not only the area where the bite occurred; but any overall reactions to the bite. Fever, arthritis, swollen lymph nodes, nasal discharge, lethargy and neurological issues are a few of symptoms possibly indicating a tick-borne infection has set in. If you or your pet experience any of these symptoms, an urgent trip to your Veterinary or people doctor is in order to quickly determine what infection has set in and how to best treat it. Time is of the essence, and don’t forget to bring the culprit when you travel to your Vet or Dr. as it may lend insight into the type of disease transmitted.
As most of us enjoy hiking throughout the beautiful mountains, deep into wilderness places; we have a higher probability of coming into tick territory associated with wildlife. Rabbits, squirrels and other small mammals can be tick carriers; along with birds who may be transporting ticks with them as they migrate from one State to another. While hiking, take precautions and try to reduce your tick risk. Entomology Today offered a list to help reduce tick encounters:
“Use repellents that contain 20-30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing.
Use products that contain permethrin on clothing.
Shower within two hours of leaving a tick-prone area to wash off ticks that may be crawling on you.
Check yourself for ticks and remove attached ticks.
Dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill any ticks on your clothing.
Check pets and gear for ticks.
Hike in the center of trails.
Avoid sitting down or leaning on logs or bushes along the trail.”
Ticks have become overwhelming in other areas of the country. In Maine and New Hampshire 70 percent of moose calves are being killed by winter ticks; and in Michigan tick-borne Lyme disease in humans is up 5-fold. So, wherever you travel, please be tick aware!
Till next time. Deb D’Andrea, founder of 4TheLuvOfDogz & the Caribou Dog Ranch is recognized by the State of Colorado as a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and will visit your home or Vet’s office to work with your dog.
Canine Agility may be offered at the Caribou Dog Ranch in 2017 if there is interest. Deb currently has limited availability for new Petz Nanny Clients; and she bakes up fresh dog treats & doggy birthday cakes per order. For information contact Deb at 720-675-7078 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.