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Stop Lyme with Dr. Michael Dryden on WGN radio

Tick Disease Happens in the Fall; Supporting Older Cats

Guests on my WGN Radio show HERE: Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on how the fall is the most common time of year ticks may give Lyme to dogs, and Dr. Kurt Venator, chief medical officer at Purina. I talked about the East Asian or long-horned tick which entered the country somehow via Asia. And…
Pet expert Steve Dale and veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on tick disease in the fall

Tick Disease is Ecological Havoc

Tick disease remains rampant especially in dogs.  This is the time of year, when you might think as the weather begins to cool that the ticks begin to go away. Actually, fall is when Lyme disease is the most considerable threat for dogs, according to Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist and distinguished professor Kansas State…
Cats get tick disease too

Cats Do Get Tick Disease

Q: Can cats get tick disease? I heard that I have nothing to worry about. J.C., Murphysboro, TN Cats do get tick diseases, and two may be fatal. I’ve written at length about tick disease in dogs. There’s a new invasive tick species increasing their numbers. While some tick disease that affect people and dogs may…

Longhorned Ticks: An Unwanted Import from Asia

If the tick inundation isn’t bad enough, the self-cloning East Asian tick is now multiplying in the U.S., and does transmit disease to people in it’s native Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand The Lyme Disease Association reports that according to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise…

Dr. Shelly Rubin on Mosquitoes, Heartworm and More on WGN Radio

Whenever my time slot has changed at WGN radio or something happens – my first go-to guest, and the person has appeared over 22 years more on my shows than any other is Dr. Sheldon Rubin. So, for my first day in our new sparkling new studio, HEAR Dr. Shelly Rubin on WGN radio. Dr. Rubin’s…

Pet Owners Aren’t Understanding Ticks and Tick Disease

At a time when there continue to be more ticks in more places, which means more tick disease than EVER, a new consumer study reveals that there are knowledge gaps among U.S. pet owners related to the identification, prevention and treatment of ticks as well as fleas. The Harris Poll, conducted the online study of over 1,300…

CDC Wakes Up: Illnesses from Mosquitoes, Ticks and Fleas on the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says, illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.  Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. These findings…

Testing Dogs with 4Dx for Tick Diseases and Feline Leukemia Update

Tick disease is an epidemic, agrees Dr, Missy Beall, medical affairs manager at IDEXX. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE, she explains the importance of screening dogs for tick diseases. It’s a part of the same test we hopefully routinely test for heartworm. The test isn’t a geography quiz, but instead…

Exotic Tick Species Found in US

New Jersey officials have discovered a new tick species in Hunterdon County. It’s called the East Asian or bush tick, and where there is a new tick species, there may be a new tick disease (or diseases). Officials are investigating whether the ticks found locally carry pathogens that could be a cause for disease in…

Tick Disease Protection

Fall is when ticks—usually the deer tick or blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis)—like to put their bite on dogs the most, and, as a result, that’s when Lyme disease is transmitted most often to dogs. And, sometimes Lyme can occur with other tick diseases, so dogs could conceivably end up being infected with Lyme and another disease…

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