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Tick-Borne Diseases and Horses

Tick-Borne Diseases in Horses are on the Rise.

This years unusual weather patterns seem to have given rise to tick populations. Ticks have become a year-round concern in many parts of the U.S., and now with fall just around the corner it’s time to become especially tick savvy in order to protect our horses from tenacious tick-borne diseases. Ticks are most prevalent in spring and in fall and it seems they may have become more pervasive in fall than they were just a few short years ago.

Tick-Borne diseases are rampantly spreading throughout the US at the highest rates ever and are being found in a growing number of new regions around the country. Asian Long Horn ticks are killing livestock (and wildlife such as moose) by literally draining them of blood. Lyme Disease is being diagnosed at alarming rates. And more tick related concerns and diseases keep appearing all the time.

The tick’s reliance on blood-feeding has unfortunately allowed it to function as an effective transmitter of microscopic pathogens. There are over 900 species of ticks recognized worldwide. Different pathogens have adapted to different species of ticks. Consequently, a variety of diseases can be transmitted by ticks to mammals and birds.

Arguably the most notable of them is Lyme Disease.

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Ticks-2019-New Ticks & New Diseases-Have a Defense?

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Ticks-2019 Season is about upon us and it’s looking like it will be a bad one!

Ticks are on the rise worldwide at alarming rates. The numbers of ticks are increasing, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, ticks are being found in new and far reaching regions, and new species of ticks keep being discovered!

One line of thought is that global warming may be a contributing factor to the pandemic rise of ticks.

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As reported by the CDC: From 2004 through 2016 A total of 642,602 cases of disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea were reported in the U.S.

The number of reported tickborne diseases more than doubled in 13 years and accounted for more than 60 percent of all reported mosquito-borne, tick-borne, and flea-borne disease cases. Diseases from ticks vary from region to region across the U.S. and those regions are expanding.

50 states have now had residents test positive for Lyme disease.

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Fall is here! And Ticks are Having One Last Hay-Day For the Year…

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Fall is my favorite time of year! The nights are getting colder,

the trees are changing color, and the holidays are just around the corner.  And unfortunately the ticks are out having one last hay-day for the year!

So for a Fall Special – we are offering Free Shipping on all orders in the month of November, 2018. Use Promo Code: FreeFall

With ticks still on the prowl you’ll need to keep your guard up for a bit longer yet in order to protect your pets from ticks, and their deadly diseases, this Autumn season.  Sadly, safely protecting yourself and your pets has become a year round concern, largely due to global warming. Check out what Dr. Joyce Harman wrote in her recent blog…

“While the nymph-stage ticks are most common during the spring and summer months, adult deer ticks can generally be active whenever the temperature is above freezing,” said internationally known integrative veterinarian and owner of Harmany Equine, Dr. Joyce Harman. “If ticks are active, Lyme carriers are still capable of infecting us and our animals.

Prevention is key where Lyme is concerned, especially if you live on the east coast.” Says Dr. Harman.

Enjoy Dr. Harman’s entire article by clicking here…

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Tick Apocalypse? Lyme Disease Spreading, New Ticks In US…

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Are we having a Tick Apocalypse?

If you thought you were safe from Lyme disease because you don’t live in New England, where the tick-borne illness first appeared, think again.

Now, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia have residents who have tested positive for Lyme,

a bacterial infection that can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including joint aches, fatigue, facial palsy and neck stiffness.

This news comes from a report from the clinical laboratory Quest Diagnostics.  Quest analyzed the results of 6 million blood tests doctors had ordered to diagnose Lyme disease in their patients. The report found that Pennsylvania had the most positive cases last year: 10,001.ticks-nymph

The Pennsylvania tally, along with that of the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont – accounted for about 60 percent of the country’s Lyme disease cases.

Positive results grew by 50 percent in New England and by 78 percent in Pennsylvania from 2016 to 2017.

However, the number of positive tests spiked in some areas not traditionally linked to Lyme disease. Florida, for instance, had 501 infections, up 77 percent since 2015. California had 483 people with positive test results – a 194.5 percent increase from 2015.

** Lyme disease is now THE MOST commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States.  In 2015, IT WAS THE SIXTH most common Nationally Notifiable disease. **

And as if this wasn’t scary enough…

A new tick species has been found in Maryland. It gorges on so much blood it kills itself, and lays up to 2,000 eggs at one time.

An Asian tick capable of reproducing at remarkable speed and gorging on so much blood that it kills itself has been found in Maryland. It’s the first new species of tick to be found in the United States in 50 years, the New York Times reports.

The long-horned tick was first found on a white-tailed deer in Washington County in June and was confirmed on July 27, state health officials said.

“In order to keep livestock and pets safe,

owners are encouraged to check their animals for a high concentration of tick bites or abnormal ticks,” said the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh.

This species of ticks are known to cling to hosts in high numbers. If too many of these ticks attach themselves to an animal, it could cause stunted growth, decreased production, major blood loss, and has the potential to spread diseases.

In Asia, the species carries a virus that is fatal for 15 percent of its victims. No human disease has yet been found in the insects discovered in the U.S.

Female long-horned ticks can lay 800 to 2,000 fertile eggs at one time without mating once it feeds on a host, the health department says. The long-horned tick — also called the bush tick — feeds on livestock, poultry, wild birds, pets, small mammals and humans.

This tick species is easily mistaken for other common ticks found in Maryland. Hard to see with the naked eye, the brown-colored tick has distinctive “horns” that can be viewed under a microscope.

Ticks are usually found in tall grasses, meadows, pastures and wooded areas.

Safely protect your livestock and pets from tick bites by using Ticks-Off.

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Why Repellents Don’t Work Against Ticks

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Do you know WHY traditional tick ‘Repellents’ never really seem to keep ticks off of your pets…?

Whether they are natural or full of toxic chemicals, they are applied topically, or given orally,  repellents never seem to successfully keep ticks off of pets, do they…?

Why not??  Well, repelling a tick is nearly impossible and killing one is very time consuming.

The famous movie clip below is a perfect analogy of just the kind of results you can typically expect to see when you use a tick repellent product on your pet, as the annoying ticks are still going to make the leap ~ despite your valiant efforts trying to prevent them from doing so…

What makes Ticks-Off different from ALL other tick products on the market?

Unlike all other tick products, Ticks-Off is not trying to wage a war against ticks. Because history has now shown us that waging a war on ticks is much like the U.S waging the ‘War on Drugs’ – we are losing both wars.

Instead of attempting to repel ticks, Ticks-Off unique proprietary blend effectively (and immediately) Deflects the ticks, preventing them from ever getting on your pets coat in the first place.

You see, the problem with repellent products is that they actually allow ticks onto the animal, and then they ‘hope’ to eventually either repel or possibly kill them, hopefully…

Unfortunately, this can take potentially up to THREE days to accomplish! (And where do the ticks go to that do get repelled, when a repellent actually repels them…? Often they are repelled into your home, or onto your family, or other pets. Yikes, and Ick.)

This hilarious video is a good depiction of precisely what happens to ticks when they try to climb onto a pet that is Too Slick for Ticks to Stick (Except, unlike the end of this clip, ticks DO NOT manage to reach their desired destination when confronted with Ticks-Off.)…

So do you want to continue allowing ticks onto your pets by using traditional repellent products, such as sprays, collars, and spot-drops (including those needing veterinarian prescriptions)…?

Or do you want to effectively protect your pets from ticks in the first place?  

Ticks-Off is THE revolutionary new, safe, and effective Solution for keeping your pets safe from tick bites. Ticks-Off is the one and only tick Deflector Spray.

Ticks-Off creates a natural barrier on your pets coat, without the use of toxic chemicals, that stops ticks from getting onto your pet in the first place!

*Important note of interest: In only one hours time a biting tick can transmit potentially fatal diseases.*

This easy to apply, residue-free spray is a uniquely designed formula that is also a natural coat conditioner. Just spray on – and your pet is immediately Too Slick for Ticks to Stick!

Make sure to keep a bottle available at all times, as many tick borne diseases are fatal ~ and many have no cures.

This well known saying is spot on:  An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Order yours today!!

*Available in essential oil lavender or eucalyptus scents*

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Disclaimer: Ticks-Off, nor any third party associated with, related to, or linked to their businesses or websites, expressly disclaims any responsibility for, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, any statement, information, materials, or content found on or included in Ticks-Off’s marketing materials/websites, or any third party marketing materials/websites related to, associated with or linked to Ticks-Off’s business or website. Ticks-Off’s website and blogs are not intended to diagnose or treat any health conditions.  They are meant solely for informational purposes.  Please seek veterinary advice for any health concerns or problematic conditions. These statements have not yet been approved by the FDA.