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lymegreen
06-16-2016, 06:10 PM
Ticks are out earlier this year because of the warm start to spring, and in greater numbers. So vigilance is key.

Ben Facchin has owned dogs all his life. In all that time, he's only had one tick on one dog until now.

“We found three ticks in about two days,” he says. Facchin and his dog Ruby had been out for a hike in the woods in an area around Kanata a few days earlier. Wednesday evening, he took Ruby to the Carp Road Animal Hospital to get her tested for Lyme disease after discovering ticks on her. Facchin found the ticks on Ruby after noticing a couple of bites on his own body.

“I saw them on me,” he says, “They looked like a little bump on my skin and upon a closer look you could see the little legs and abdomen sticking out so I got pretty grossed out once I saw that.”

He managed to pull them out, even stuck one of them in a bottle. Ottawa Public Health encourages people to bring those ticks that have been them in Ottawa to get them tested for Lyme disease, something which is on the rise across Canada and here in Ottawa.


Some timely news for any Canadian friends on the forum here. If you want to read the full article just search the title of this thread in Google or your preferred search engine!

oportosanto
06-17-2016, 03:05 AM
Indeed, nothing like information so that we know with what we can count on.

Azrile
06-17-2016, 01:33 PM
Some timely news for any Canadian friends on the forum here. If you want to read the full article just search the title of this thread in Google or your preferred search engine!

Yeah, it is unfortunate that most of the NE USA and SE Canada got an early bout of warm weather which will definitely bring a rise in the number of tick cases up in Canada. It will be interesting to see how far north they occur though, I mean that is the troubling thing about global warming if these ticks can now live in areas that used to be too cold.