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A note on tick testing

Since we've opened up the tick tracker to sample submissions, we've received a lot questions about tick testing. If you submit a sample, we will examine it under a microscope to identify the species of tick. In the future, we may do some tick testing (i.e., conduct laboratory analyses for pathogens present in the tick), but that will be for research purposes and not for individual case management. Dr. Weese has written a post on his Worms and Germs Blog that provides a great overview of what tick testing is useful for and why tick testing is not used as part of clinical diagnosis. Click here to read his post.

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In 2016, Dr. Scott Weese of the Ontario Veterinary College launched the Pet Tick Tracker to help monitor changes in tick populations. Through this online tool, pet owners could submit reports of tick findings - and the response was overwhelming! He's now teamed up with Drs. Katie Clow and Michelle Evason to create Pets and Ticks - a comprehensive website that brings the Pet Tick Tracker together with up-to-date, evidence-based information on ticks in Canada.  


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