Growing concerns about ticks


spaminator
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Growing concerns about ticks
By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
First posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017 02:46 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, March 26, 2017 02:58 PM EDT
They’re a ticking time bomb for humans — as well as dogs.
A Scarborough veterinarian is spreading a warning about ticks — tiny eight-legged bugs that feed on blood.
“Ticks are now living all-year-round, that’s changed in the last two to three years,” said Clayton Greenway, who treats pets at West Hill Animal Clinic, near Port Union Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. “I’ve seen more ticks on dogs in the last 2 1/2 years than I have in the last 15 years of practice. They’re really becoming a hazard.”
Greenway cited climate change and urban sprawl as reasons for a boom in their numbers.
Tick bites carry diseases, including relapsing fever, tularemia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and anaplasmosis. But the one to watch out for is Lyme disease, which can be cured in its early stages by antibiotics.
Left untreated, patients may experience severe arthritic joint pain and swelling — especially in the knees — and neurological problems that can last for months to years, according to Toronto Public Health.
According to a media report, there were 304 confirmed cases and 54 probable cases of Lyme disease in Ontario in 2015, up from 149 confirmed cases and 71 probable the year before that.
Greenway is now encouraging dog owners to check their furry friends after walks for ticks and use medication to prevent the bites. When on walks, try to stay on clear paths that aren’t wooded to prevent ticks from grabbing onto clothing and or fur, or wash clothes right away when you get home.
“They’re typically in long grasses or low-hanging leaves that they can crawl up to,” he said. “They crawl up to the edge of this vegetation and they’ll do this thing called, ‘questing’ — it looks like they’re conducting a symphony — and as you brush by them, they attach to you,” he said. “It takes 24 hours for Lyme transmission to occur from the tick to the dog.”
When a tick is in the stage prior to feeding, it might be “the size of a toothpick head,” and bites into the skin and will grow “the size of a pencil eraser” as it ingests blood, Greenway added.
“When I go into my in-laws in Simcoe, Ont., when my kids go out to play, every single night, I strip them down and do a tick check ... every 24 hours to make sure Lyme transmission doesn’t occur,” he said.
“Lyme disease is a very serious disease in people and is difficult to treat. It’s even difficult to diagnose. I’m scared to death of it.”
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Johnnny
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Ask the folks around Selkirk MB about ticks. Don't ask because i'm sure you would just "tick" them off
 

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