Ticks

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Ticks are the small wingless external parasites, living by hematophagy on the blood of mammals, birds, and occasionally reptiles and amphibians. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites that are often found in freshly mown grass, where they will rest themselves at the tip of a blade so as to attach themselves to a passing animal. It is a common misconception that the tick can jump from the plant onto the host. Physical contact is the only method of transportation for ticks. They will generally drop off the animal when full, but this may take several days. Ticks have a harpoon-like structure in their mouth area, known as a hypostome, that allows them to anchor themselves firmly in place while sucking blood. This mechanism is normally so strong that removal of a lodged tick requires two actions: One to remove the tick, and one to remove the remaining head section of the tick.

Ticks are important vectors of a number of diseases. Ticks are second only to mosquitoes as vectors of human disease, both infectious and toxic. Hard ticks can transmit human diseases such as relapsing fever, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, equine encephalitis, Colorado tick fever, and several forms of ehrlichiosis. Additionally, they are responsible for transmitting livestock and pet diseases, including babesiosis, anaplasmosis and cytauxzoonosis.

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Tuesday:

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Wednesday:

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  • "Free Home Animal Hospital has been our family's veterinarian for over 7 years and we can't imagine trusting our pups with anyone else. We have had our share of pup emergencies and they always answer and help us immediately and even during holidays. The whole staff is caring and Dr. Karl is by far the best vet I could imagine working with."
    Karen Lowe Nelson
  • "Today we said goodbye to our 4 legged baby Potter. The staff here has been nothing but amazing since we took him here 12 years ago. To Dr. Karl, Dr. Landrum and the entire staff. Thank you so much for everything you have done for him. A special thanks to a special lady. Thank you Dianne for caring as much as you do. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Thanks again"
    Richard Enright