Veterinarians can play a significant role in protecting people and pets from serious tick-borne illnesses. Screening the canine population for exposure to ticks and tick-borne pathogens alerts the veterinarian to the level of risk for disease development in pets and their owners. This also allows an opportunity to discuss how owners can reduce risk of exposure and potential for the development of clinical disease.

  • Why should we screen the canine pet population for tick-borne pathogens?
  • Which ticks are problems in your geographic area and what diseases do they cause?
  • What are the clinical signs of tick-borne disease in pets and people?
  • What do I do with the positive animal (sick or healthy)?
  • What do I tell the client about exposure of people and pets and the importance of tick prevention?