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Increase in ticks on dogs this year

Local veterinarians have seen an increase in ticks on pets this year.

Dogs can be highly susceptible to ticks in tall grasses and sagebrush. Ticks transmit a number of different diseases, including Lyme disease and tick paralysis. When checking for these bugs, it’s best to check your dog’s face, neck, arm pits, ears and toes.

There are a number of over-the-counter tick prevention products available. Alpine Animal Hospital in Chubbuck said prevention is key and need to be taken more seriously.

“Last year, I diagnosed a number of cases of tick borne diseases,” said Dr. Rena Carlson, veterinarian at Alpine Animal Hospital. “We’re a little complacent when it comes to prevention, so I highly recommend we get tick prevention.”

For the best tick prevention method for your dog, Carlson recommends you visit your local veterinarian.

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