The Sticky, Icky Truth About Ticks and Your Pet

Depending on which science fiction films you’ve seen, a single tick viewed through a microscope bears a strong resemblance to an alien species. A map showing the latest tick populations might support the assumption they’re not unlike like visitors from a distant galaxy, bent on world domination.

Ticks have conquered the entire northeast, making it difficult to avoid them – and the diseases they carry. Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are the biggest threats when it comes to ticks and your pet.

Deer Ticks

The deer tick is responsible for spreading Lyme disease to people and animals. When feasting on a blood meal from an infected animal, a deer tick picks up microscopic bacteria that is deposited into the bloodstream of future prey.