– For Immediate Release –
Ticks have been found to cause serious illnesses in both humans and animals.
Greenfield, WI August 31, 2017- Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) is sending out a warning to all pet owners to be vigilant when checking their animals – and themselves – for ticks.
At a recent Veterinary Medicine convention in Indianapolis, veterinarian experts from a variety of medical specialties gathered together to discuss the lone star tick (amblyomma americanum), how it is making its way across the United States, and the illnesses it can cause.
The national news has recently reported the spread of the lone star tick to new areas of the US and Canada, infecting people and animals with a wide range of diseases, including a red meat allergy and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These ticks can also transmit the pathogens that cause erlichiosis and tularemia and have been implicated in causing Southern tick-associated rash illness and tick paralysis.
Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, of the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, advises, “Please take this information seriously. Be sure to thoroughly check your pet, and yourself, after being outdoors. Most people once considered the lone star tick to only be a nuisance because it doesn’t transmit Lyme disease, however, it does spread a number of other very serious illnesses.”
As these ticks expand into new areas across the country, even more pet owners and their furry friends may become exposed to dangerous tick-borne illnesses.
The lone star tick, although the least recognized tick in America, can be found in at least 30 US states in areas with shade and low lying vegetation. It’s name comes from a distinctive white mark on the back of the female and both males and females are responsible for more bites to humans than any other species. Due to their large mouths, their bites can be especially aggressive and irritating and they will latch on to dogs, cats, birds, deer, and humans.
Dr. Lichtenberger adds, “Please keep a close eye on your pet’s health. Check the fur completely after spending time outside. If you find any ticks, carefully remove them and call your vet immediately. If you act quickly, you and your loved ones can avoid getting a preventable illness.”
About the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals and Specialty Services (MECA), located in Greenfield, WI, is dedicated to providing the highest quality emergency and surgical care to small and exotic animals. It is Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art 24-hour Veterinary Animal Hospital specializing in critical care and pet emergencies.
For more information regarding setting up an interview with Dr. Lichtenberger, please contact:
Debra Lopez Public Relations