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March 22, 2024 Health & Production

Canadian National Veterinary Association sheds awareness on ‘stronger, fitter’ ticks

In recognition of National Tick Awareness Month, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and Merck Animal Health are advising Canadians to stay vigilant because tick control may be needed when you least expect it.

Dr. Trevor Lawson, CVMA president says that it is their responsibility and privilege as veterinary professionals to spread this knowledge to help clients protect their family members — which includes the furry ones, too.

“Recent research has shown that ticks infected with tick-born pathogens like Borrelia burgdoferi and Anaplasma phagocytophilum may actually be more resilient that uninfected ticks, especially in our colder Canadian climate,” Lawson explains. “These ‘fitter, better, faster, stronger’ ticks can increase the risk for people and pets across our country, especially at times of the year when ticks might not be top of mind.”

Ticks infected with these pathogens may demonstrate improved recovery following subzero temperatures, increased feeding abilities, elevated survival rates, and enhanced cold tolerance among other advantages.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association urges pet owners to contact their veterinarian to
find out more about ticks and about how they can better protect their pets and their families.

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Kara grew up on a grain farm near Bow Island, Alberta. After attending SAIT and the University of Calgary — where she obtained a degree in communication and media studies, and a diploma in broadcast news — Kara began her professional career working in agricultural communications and agricultural journalism. Kara now resides near her family’s farm, raising a mix of livestock, consisting mostly of goats (because something has to eat all that kochia). Kara has a passion for storytelling, but even more so, asking the questions that matter. You can find her surrounded by farmers/ranchers and a cup of coffee — or at an upcoming ABP event!

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