INTERVIEW: Lyme Disease

Updated: 10/10/2012 2:21 PM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

It may be getting colder outside, but it is prime time for ticks and lyme disease, a problem that experts say is getting worse.

KSTP talked to Parasitologist Susan Little about how to protect yourself and your pet.

There are increasing cases in humans and dogs.

Each year, millions of pets are infected by parasitic diseases, yet only about half of the 78 million pet dogs in the United States are protected.  It shows the upper Midwest is a breeding ground for ticks, starting this month.

If there are freezing days with thick snow cover, then ticks won’t be out, but there will be warm days, Little said. 

On the warm days, the tick will look for a host, dog or another animal by crawling on the grass that is sticking out of the snow.