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New Dangerous Tick-Borne Disease Another Reason to be Extra-Cautious This Tick Season

Tick season, which can span anywhere from April to September depending on your location, has arrived earlier than usual this year, particularly in the Midwest.


After hiking and spending time outdoors, do a thorough check of your pet -- and yourself -- to spot any ticks that may have become attached.

Along with the ticks, which love to bite animals and people to feed on their blood, has come a deluge of tick-borne diseases including, of course, Lyme disease, but also a number of others that can be transferred to humans including:

  • Anaplasmosis

  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

  • Babesiosis (Texas fever)

  • Ehrlichiosis (primarily transmitted by the lone star tick)

  • Tularemia

  • Colorado tick fever

  • Powassan (a form of encephalitis)

Ticks can also cause tick paralysis, a condition in which neurotoxins from the tick's saliva actually cause paralysis in the body. In extreme cases, tick paralysis can also stop you from breathing.

Anaplasmosis: A New Threat to Your Furry Best Friends (and You)

On top of the "typical" tick-borne disease, an emerging threat has been uncovered this year. Canine anaplasmosis is an illness caused by ticks (the same variety that transmit Lyme disease) that causes arthritis-like symptoms in dogs. In the Chicago area alone, 12 cases have already been discovered this year (along with 11 cases of canine Lyme disease).

Dogs with anaplasmosis can develop painful joints and other symptoms including a high fever, lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.

While it's not believed that dogs can transmit anaplasmosis to humans, you can catch the disease from a tick, just as you can catch Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses. In humans, anaplasmosis causes fever, headaches, muscles aches, chills and shaking.

Spring is a Risky Time for Ticks: Here's How to Stay Protected

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Ticks become most active when the weather begins to warm, which is why springtime is the beginning of prime season for ticks. Springtime is also when most people and their pets love to spend time outdoors, which raises the risks of a tick-borne illness. There are numerous ways, however, to protect yourself, and your pets, from dangerous ticks:

  • Avoid tick-infested areas. Many parks and health departments have information about tick infestations.

  • Protect your pets with All-Natural Flea 'n Tick B Gone. Please AVOID using conventional flea and tick treatments on your pets, as they contain harmful pesticides or chemicals, such as DEET, pyrethrins, synthetic pyrethroids or permethrin, all of which can be harmful and irritating to your pet, the person applying them and our environment.

    Instead, use the top-recommended Flea 'n Tick B Gone, which is completely non-toxic, pesticide-free and safe. It can be sprayed directly onto your dog, cat or horse for effective and natural tick control.

  • Protect your outdoor gathering and backyard. All- Natural Flea n' Tick B Gone can also be sprayed around your patio, outdoor gathering, picnic area or entire backyard as a safe way to repel ticks (and also other insects like ants, bees, fleas and more). Simply lightly mist the outdoor area, and all types of bugs will be gone -- and it lasts for a full three hours!

  • Keep your yard well maintained, trimmed and mowed. This will help to keep ticks away.

  • Wear long sleeves and pants. When hiking or spending any amount of time in nature, you should cover your arms and legs, and tuck your pants into your socks. This will make it much harder for a tick to attach to you.

Keep your summer picnic free of ticks and all kinds of bugs using the all natural, enzyme-based Flea 'n Tick B Gone.

Help! I've Been Bitten by a Tick (or My Dog Has)!

If you or your pet has been outdoors, you should do a thorough inspection for ticks. They can be hard to spot (and most tick bites are painless) so wearing light-colored clothing can help you find them. After a tick bite, you may see a bit of redness or feel some itching or burning (tick-borne illnesses typically don't start showing other symptoms for days or weeks).

On your dog, do a thorough check of its head, neck and feet. On long-haired dogs, you might be able to feel the tick, while on short-haired dogs you may see a tan or dark brown oval-shaped spot from swelling.

If you find a tick on your pet, all-natural Flea 'n Tick B Gone can be sprayed directly onto the tick to help with removal. Use a pair of tweezers and grab the tick's head (as close to the dog's skin as possible). Pull straight out until the tick is removed (being careful to remove the entire tick).

The tweezer method is also very effective for people. After removing the tick, wash your hands thoroughly and cleanse the area with a bit of alcohol.

And remember, the sooner you remove the tick the better. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, if a tick is attached to the skin for less than 24 hours, there's a very low risk of infection.

Recommended Reading

Which Pest Insects Pose Dangers to You (and Which are Just Merely Gross)?

Bugs that Bite: Interesting Facts & Necessary Precautions on the Insects That Crave You


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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