Protect pets and yourself from ticks

Posted October 15th, 2013 by administrator

Protect pets and yourself from ticks
News from Sacramento Bee:

In the span of less than a week, I found two ticks on my dog Harper, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel. In 25 years of dog ownership, that was a first. We live in Southern California, so ticks are a fact of life, but Harper doesn’t typically go into areas where ticks are found. We don’t have a yard, and she’s not allowed on local hiking trails. I can only surmise that the ticks hitched a ride on me – ick! – after a hike and made their way onto Harper.

Tick populations are increasing. And there aren’t just more of them; they’re being found in more places than in the past, says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Susan E. Little of Oklahoma State University. Milder winters; more white-tailed deer, which carry the tiny arachnids; and increasing development in formerly rural areas are among the factors in the ticks’ spread.

Like me, you might never have had to worry about ticks before, but now is a good time to talk to your veterinarian about their prevalence in your area. Many tick species have moved out of their original habitats, carried away by migratory birds, coyotes and deer. One or more species of ticks can now be found in every state, including Alaska and Hawaii. Ticks used to be active from spring through fall, but warmer winters mean that some species are staying active as late as February, depending on where they are located.

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Philly Pet Adoption ‘Mega Match-a-Thon’ Is This Weekend
News from CBS Local:

(“Momma” is a seven-year-old spayed domestic shorthair awaiting adoption. Photo provided by PSPCA)

By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Two Philadelphia animal shelters are joining forces for a three-day pet adoption event. The goal is to match 250 dogs and cats with new families.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and the Animal Care & Control Team of Philadelphia (which provides animal-control services by contract to the City of Philadelphia) will be holding their “Mega Match-a-Thon” this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the lawn of the PSPCA, at 350 E. Erie Ave., in the city’s Hunting Park section.

PSPCA spokeswoman Linda Torelli says a “pick your price” adoption fee will be in effect:

“Which means the adopter picks the price they want to pay.  In comparison to normal adoption fees, kittens would typically be $ 50, cats over six months would be $ 30, adult dogs would be…………… continues on CBS Local

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