Buddy and Porky Pet Health – Ticks, Do We Really Need them?

Porky and Buddy

Dear Readers,
Assuming there is a grand scheme for things, did you ever wonder where ticks fit in?

Think about it.

Lots of other “creepy-crawlies,” for lack of a better term, fill an important niche in the ecosystem.

But ticks?  Do we really need them?

That said, these weird little creatures are on the rise, with warmer temperatures, you may have noticed that you can’t even depend on the cold weather stopping them anymore.

The problem is that ticks carry viruses, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease in animals and people.

Lyme disease in particular is increasing in prevalence in animals and humans in many parts of the U.S. It not known whether cats are susceptible to Lyme disease under natural circumstances.

Let’s hope not, but the Cornell Feline Health Center is studying the issue.

This is where you come in, a fun summer project for you and your kids that will provide Cornell with the information it needs to figure out whether we all have something new to worry about.

Click on www.cornell.edu/fhc and go to research studies.

There you will find the link to participate the Feline Tick Lyme Disease Surveillance Program.

Basically you follow the directions to mail in ticks removed from your cats.

What fun!

This study will help determine the types of ticks that attach to cats, the prevalence of Lyme disease infection in these ticks, and the geographic distribution of both.

According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, “This information is vital to understanding Lyme disease in cats and the factors that may explain whether and to what extent cats are susceptible to this common disease-causing organism.”

Yes, we would all probably rather not know, but we need to and this is a way you can provide concrete help.

On a less icky note, how about coming to the Fur Ball?

On April 29, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego, there will be dinner and dancing, contests, a fabulous silent auction and more.

Invitations are coming soon or go to our website to reserve a ticket online.

$60 per person or $100 per couple.

Or call our office to ask about sponsorship.

You know you’re a party animal!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: 315-207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.