Editor Susan Chaney reports on seven species of tick that are responsible for transmitting a variety of bacteria to our dogs. As veterinarians nationwide see a rise in the number of patients infected with disease, the need for year-round tick prevention has never been greater. Meet the most commonly found North American ticks, and discover the role habitat conversion has played in their spread across the continent.
DFR blogger Kayla Bertagnolli has a few quick and easy fixes she likes to use to boost her energy. Whether she’s on the road or at a dog show, a few good habits and some healthy – or just good tasting – snacks help her get through the day. Find out how Kayla stays energized on those busy show weekends.
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Ticks in America: They Want Your Dogs’ Blood
By Susan Chaney
Seven ticks in the United States are responsible for numerous diseases caused by bacteria transmitted when one of them attaches to a dog, or, in one case, when a dog eats it.
Most ticks can serve as hosts to more than one bacterium. Which ticks and bacteria your dogs are mostly likely to be exposed to depends on where you live and where you take the dogs for shows, performance events and even on vacation. It’s also affected by how you maintain your property and kennel, and whether you walk or hike with your dogs in natural areas. more
A Little Energy Boost
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Do you have enough energy? Or do the days seem forever long and you’d much rather be catching some “zzzzs” right now?
Energy is a powerful thing, right? It’s the difference between having the strength to get through each day mentally and physically – or not.
From time to time, everyone struggles with this. We get overworked or do too much, and eventually we get to the point of breaking down. Without enough energy, we can quickly become lazy, and the things on our “to-do” list can start to pile up. more