It’s Tick Time Again

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here. With the warm weather comes those nasty bugs called ticks.

I’ve only had to deal with a tick once, it jumped on my upper front leg while I was exploring in some tall grass by the roadside. Luckily my huMom spotted it moments later, & removed it safely before it had really dug in.

Ticks are small bugs that are related to spiders & scorpions. They are most active from spring through fall here in Ontario. Ticks can be found in forests, in tall brush or grass, where they may attach to animals walking by. They feast on blood & in doing so often transmit diseases & parasites.

Luckily, ticks are visible to the naked eye & grow as they feed. During these warm months, it’s a good idea to check your good dog regularly for them. If you do spot a tick, it is important to take care when removing it. Any contact with the tick’s blood can potentially transmit infection to your dog or even to you! Treat the area with rubbing alcohol & pluck the parasite with tweezers, making sure you’ve gotten the biting head.

Since it may only take a few hours for disease to be transmitted from an attached tick, it is wise for your dog to be seen by a vet soon after any ticks are found. Keep the tick in a jar & bring it with you to your vet. It can then be tested for Lyme disease.

There are medications you can give your dog both to prevent & kill ticks. There are many pills, spray’s, & shampoos. While these medications are great, you still need to be very careful about which one you use. Make sure you read all labels carefully, & if you have any doubts, seek advice from your veterinarian before application.

There is also a tool called a “tick Twister” that is specifically designed for removing ticks. They can be purchased at a pet supply store or ask your vet. I sniffed out a video on how a Tick Twister works, it seems very easy.

Let’s all be safe this summer. If you’ve been out & about, especially in tall grass or playing in the woods, be sure to check for ticks when you arrive home.

CEO Olivia

 

The Canine Family Tree ~ Now You Know

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Hello everyone, CEO Olivia here, I was asked by D. Milton, if there was a canine family tree. Her timing was rather good. A team of researchers have just released their findings after collecting genetic samples from 161 different dog breeds over twenty years.

The majority of the breeds tested so far (about half of those in existence) fall into twenty three groups called clades which are loosely based on geographic location, physical characteristics & skills such as herding or hunting.

For much of our history with humans, although we were companions we were also used for practical purposes. Humans picked the best hunters, house guards, or herders to be their best friend, depending on their needs. It has only been within the last 300 years that we have started to be selected for our looks.

Among other things learned, it turns out that breeders have used pugs, which originated in China & are one of the earliest small breeds of dog, to shrink other European breeds beginning in the 1500s.

With only half of all breeds on the tree so far it will be fascinating to see this research expanded. But remember, at the end of it all, a dog is a dog.

The canine family tree, now you know.

CEO Olivia