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The province’s veterinary medical association is urging Albertans to check their pets for ticks. Humans and dogs are more susceptible to Lyme disease, but ticks on cats, dogs, or yourself should be submitted for testing.

Summertime is danger time for ticks

Check for ticks on yourself and your pets, say provincial officials

Reading Time: < 1 minute Authorities are warning Albertans to take the time and check for ticks — on themselves and their pets. The threat isn’t tick bites, but the chance a tick could transmit Lyme disease, said the registrar of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA). “There have been approximately 100 human cases of Lyme disease reported by Albertans […] Read more

Blacklegged ticks (or deer ticks) are most commonly found within and along the edge of forests 
and in areas with thick, woody shrubs.

Take precautions to minimize risks of tick exposure

Blacklegged ticks are known to carry three serious illnesses

Reading Time: 2 minutes May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and people need to remember that tick-borne diseases are completely preventable. People can protect themselves by performing regular tick checks after spending time outdoors, knowing where blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) are located, minimizing the risk of exposure, and recognizing the signs and symptoms of tick-borne diseases. […] Read more

The ixodes tick, pictured here, is one of the tick species that carries bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Find a tick? Submit it to your veterinarian or public health office

Ticks can transmit Lyme disease to humans and dogs, but also anaplasmosis to cattle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Spring brings sunny days and barbecues, but also nasty creepy crawlies, including ticks. Provincial officials are running a tick surveillance program, and urging anyone who finds a tick to contact their local veterinarian or public health office so it can be tested. “Ticks can do a number of things — the biggest concern we have […] Read more