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Vets remind owners to check pets for ticks

Local vets are warning pet owners to double-check their animals for ticks, especially this year.

If left untreated, tick bites can be almost as dangerous for dogs as they are for humans.

"Tick season is a lot busier than it has been in previous years," said Dr. Lora Mengel, associate veterinarian at Allentown Animal Clinic.

She said the practice has seen an uptick in the pesky little bugs that can carry Lyme Disease and our area has a booming population.

"A lot of people have the misconception that ticks only come out in the summer that's not true. We're seeing a lot of ticks year round, even in the winter months like January and February," she said.

Mengel said she encourages the owners of her patients to get their animals vaccinated against Lyme disease.

Sean Wagner said he got his pup, Rae, the shots after hearing what could happen.

"I had just heard too many stories about other animals who had issues with Lyme disease in the past, want to protect her the best we can," he said.

Dr. Mengel said the tick population doesn't appear to be slowing down.

"If there's a boom in the deer population we tend to see more ticks," she said.

Mengel said that if you have pulled ticks off your dog, it's wise to get them tested.

"If we catch it early enough, start them on medication, just like we do with humans," she said.

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