In 2019, our clinic was one of few selected to participate a study funded by the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust.
The goal of the Canadian Pet Tick Survey is to understand tick and tick-borne disease risks for companion animals across space and time in Canada. From April 2019 to April 2020, we submitted ticks collected from our clients' pets to the laboratory. The ticks will be identified by species and testing will be conducted for tick-borne pathogens.
Find out more at: www.petsandticks.com
MAY 2020 UPDATE: Since February, we have received the following results on submitted ticks: of the 7 ticks submitted in April and May, 2019, ALL were the Ixodes scapularis ("Deer Tick"/"Blacklegged Tick"). This is the tick that carries B. burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease. Fortunately, ALL 7 of these ticks were NEGATIVE for both the Lyme disease agent AND A.phagocytophilum (which causes Anaplasmosis). Further results have been stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this section of our website with more results as they become available.