It was in the local paper 2 years ago that in my county 60% of the ticks tested carry Lyme. We have deer and woods everywhere. I am always careful with my dogs-we usually get more ticks on us people than the dogs because I do not let them in the woods, spray the outside of their pen with bug killer, use diatomaceous earth inside their pen, not wanting to vaccinate the Lyme vaccine. Being so diligent, that being said, last May Casey tested positive for Lyme during his annual-I found an engorged tick on him while grooming in early April-we still had a foot of snow on the ground in their pen when I found it! I figured he got it when we played ball the other side of the yard. I would never had taken any precautions that early. My dogs get the 4 way snap test(heartworm, lyme, etc) every spring as part of their annual. He showed no symptoms because it was caught so early. A month of antibiotics and Casey tested fine. I have often thought about getting them tested also in the fall like you, Vickie. I do not find many ticks on them, I check them daily. It takes 48 hours of attachment for Lyme to be transmitted to the dog. Last year I put Preventic collars on them after Casey was diagnosed, this year they were sold out everywhere and I am using Revolution until Interceptor is back, Revolution does provide some tick protection. So far I have only found one tick barely attached to Casey. I will get the Preventic collars for the fall when I give them Interceptor.
In my area, the ticks are most active in early spring and fall, March/April thru June, and Sept thru November. They are mating in spring and very active. This is a bad year because march was so warm. If we go in the woods we always come out with some on us, that is why I seldom go in the woods this time of year. I never see any in the summer.
Callie, Casey & Riley
My sweet angels gone but always in my heart:
Brady, Nicky, Ginger, Katie, Scooter, Fluffy and Fluffy