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QCA Pet Caregivers See More Ticks

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Pet caregivers across the QCA said Sunday they've spotted a trend this summer that could be harmful to your pet. Groomers and veterinarians say they're seeing more and more dogs coming in with ticks.

They say last year's drought plus the mild winter and rain this year have made the area a perfect habitat for ticks right now.

Dr. Wayne Budding at Sunset View Pet Hospital in Wilton, Ia said if your pet goes outside, the best thing you can do is check it every day to see if it has ticks.

"Run your hands against the hair coat feeling for them," Dr. Budding said. "You're mainly focusing on the areas ticks like best which are the ears, the neck, shoulder area, any skin fold like under the front or back legs. Those are your high incidence areas, but check them over everywhere."

It's also important you give your dog some form of tick treatment. That's because if a tick latches onto your pet for more than 24 hours, its chance of getting Lyme disease greatly increases.

Dr. Budding said if your pet is getting a regular tick treatment, the medication should kill a tick within its first 24 hours on your pet. And if the dead bug stays on your animal, it presents no threat.