As a professional retriever trainer, outdoor enthusiast, and hunter the word tick just makes me scratch. The past few years have had mild winters. Tick populations have increased along with the numerous diseases that can affect humans and our canines. The link below describes the illness and type of tick that carries them. And, because we all travel the country with our dogs, these ticks are no longer limited to regions. Protect yourself and your dog. Learn more here.

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/diseases/