Let's Talk Ticks.

The small size of a tick.
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Scientists have predicted 2018 to be the worst tick season in years. The reason comes from the warm winter we experienced, and the increasing temperatures. Our warm winter allowed the mice population to grow and expand over the U.S.. Mice carry many diseases and with mice come ticks.

Common diseases transmitted by ticks:

Lyme Disease:
Affects: Humans, horses, cattle and pets.
Joint stiffness
Shifting lameness (lameness travels from limb to limb)
Low-Grade Fever
Weight loss/loss of appetite
Swollen/warm joints
Sensitivity to touch
Stiff, arched-back walk (dogs)
Uveitis (horses)

Anaplasmosis:
Affects: Humans, horses, cattle, and pets.
High fever
Edema/swelling
Weight loss/loss of appetite
Inability to walk regularly (ataxia)
Weakness
Depression
Difficult respiration

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:
Affects: Humans, dogs (purebreds have severe reactions)
Depression
Weight loss/loss of appetite
Blood in urine
Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
Discolored skin
Inability to walk regularly (ataxia)
Edema/swelling
Sudden bleeding from nose
Difficulty with blood clotting
Swollen lymph nodes
Inflammation, hemorrhage, or conjunctivitis in the mucosal membranes

Ticks prefer wooded and highly vegetated areas. Some require moisture to survive.

Ticks travel up horses legs and like to stay in armpits and hard to reach areas on animals.

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