They've been discovered in Drumheller and a few residents have been affected by them; ticks.

This past week, a family in East Coulee found a large tick nest.

"We've got a few people bring ticks in off their animals and there is a free service of surveillance of Lyme disease on ticks. If you do find a pet with ticks, bring the animal in to us to remove the tick because you do want to get all the mouth parts," stated Dr. Dwayne Groves with Valley Veterinary Clinic.

"They used to say that Alberta was Lyme disease free, but they've had confirmation that yes we have ticks in Alberta with Lyme disease."

We all know that humans can unfortunately get diseases from ticks and so can our animals.

"They can get it, they don't get the stereotypical target lesion that humans get, but they get sick and have chronic illness that can lead to a serious issue. There are other tick born diseases other than Lyme disease, but that's just the one that people often think about," Dr. Groves explained.

The best thing we can do, as pet owners, is to take the best prevention steps as possible. There are products out there to prevent ticks from biting your animals or at least when they bite, they die relatively quickly.

After you take your animal out for a walk near bushes, make sure to brush your animal or give them a massage to check for any bumps.

"They like to stick in places that don't as much sunshine so armpits, ear folds and things like that. Any little bumps that you feel when giving your animal a massage, check it out to see if it's a tick or just a wart or some other bump," concluded Groves.

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