Owning a dog or any other outdoor pet has gotten more and more challenging. The Lone Star tick from Texas is one problem that needs to be addressed, and quick.
It’s all thanks to climate change, even though there are many deniers. The fact remains that everything is changing because the climate has changed.
It takes but one female Lone Star tick to lay about 5,000 eggs throughout her lifetime. And, these ticks carry lots of diseases that could be dangerous for your pets.
We’ve heard a lot about Lyme Disease and the tick that can transmit it. But, the Lone Star tick can go unnoticed, although attached to the host for up to 7 days so that it can become completely engorged with the host’s blood. This tick also goes by the names Turkey Tick and the Northeastern Water Tick.
It mainly lives in forests that have thick underbrush. Basically, it’s happy wherever white-tailed deer live. They are both aggressive hunters as well as feeders. They have made their way into Canada aboard migratory birds.
For dogs it means that they can become infected with Ehrlichiosis or Rickettsiosis, and for cats – Cytauxzoonosis.
For humans, the pathogens transmitted could be the Human monocytic ehrlichiosis, Tularemia or the Southern tick-associated rash illness.
So, to protect yourselves and your pets, talk to your veterinarian.