This area is loaded with deer ticks. We have a fenced in back yard where the deer can't get in, so it is unlikely she picked up a tick there. We see a lot of deer on our daily walks. The dogs are so used to seeing them, they regard them with the same interest as squirrels. Since we walk in the middle of the road, it is unlikely that Sasha picked up a tick on our walks. She most likely picked it up while romping through the state forest a couple of weeks ago with my husband.
It's kind of sad that the one thing the dogs love to do the most, running in the wide open fields and finding a pool of water to swim in, is not the best thing for them because of the huge tick population. The flea and tick medicine is not 100% effective and two of the dogs have an autoimmune problem so we have to be careful and limit vaccinations, especially the Lyme Disease vaccine.
This was not a problem when we lived up north. The dogs ran in the fields almost every day, swam in the lake for a good part of the year and had so much more play space. We never had a problem with ticks or Lyme Disease because it was too far north. The deer stayed in the woods and away from people. You never saw one walking down the street or eating on someones front lawn. This is the one thing I miss the most for both the dogs and my husband.
|Driving to the State Forest to go for a hike. They get so excited. It's like Disneyworld for dogs.|
|Sasha loves the car.|
|And she loves to watch the road over my husband's shoulder.|
|Sasha trotting in the state forest last December.|