Dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for most of the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the dogs from bringing ticks into your home. For these reasons, it’s important to use a tick preventive product on your dog.
Visit the CDC's site on Preventing Ticks on Pets here: https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/avoid/on_pets.html
Making your own kit is easy and you probably have everything you need right at home. By putting together the kit, you won’t have to waste time finding everything if there is a tick bite.
All you need is fine tipped tweezers, alcohol swabs, bandaids and a zip up baggie to keep it all in. You can even print out the New York State Department of Health’s “How to Safely Remove a Tick” Opens a New Window. card and put in the baggie with the rest of your kit! Once you have your kit together, you can put it in a place where you will know where to find it.
Ticks can spread disease. Not all ticks can cause disease and not all bites will make you sick, but as these diseases become more common it's important to learn how to prevent a bite. Watch the video below to learn how to protect yourself.
Learn how New York State collects ticks for testing in this video below:
Once the ticks are collected, they are brought back to the lab for testing. Watch the video below to find out how the tests are done.