Ticks can affect your entire family
Ticks can affect pets and people.
Both pets and people can get Lyme disease from exposure to an infected tick. It is therefore important for pet owners to not only protect their pets against ticks, but also take protective measures for themselves and their families.
The World Health Organization defines ‘One Health’ as “an approach to designing and implementing programmes, policies, legislation and research in which multiple sectors communicate and work together to achieve better public health outcomes.” In simple terms, it is the concept that multiple groups can work together to better protect human health. An excellent example of One Health is the approach to monitoring and management of Lyme disease. The Government of Canada has created a Federal Framework for Lyme Disease in which patients, patient families and patient groups, health professional organizations or experts, including veterinarians; local or provincial public health; academia; members of Parliament; and industry were consulted in its development.
Did you know?
There is no evidence in the reviewed literature to suggest that companion animals increase an owner’s risk of Lyme disease
Risk for Lyme disease in Canada
The greatest risk of acquiring Lyme disease occurs where populations of ticks that carry the bacteria (B. burgdorferi) that causes Lyme disease, have become established, so appropriate precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of tick exposure. However, there is potential risk outside of these established areas as well.
How to protect yourself and your pet from ticks
Wear light coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants to spot ticks more easily and to limit the skin area ticks can access;
Tuck your shirt into your pants, and pull your socks over your pant legs;
Walk on cleared paths or walkways;
Shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors to facilitate a prompt tick check and to remove ticks that have not attached yet;
If you find an attached tick, remove it with tweezers immediately;
Do a daily full-body check for ticks.
Contact your veterinarian for more information on tick prevention and awareness.
They can also help set up a tick control program
for your pet.