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Check your pets for ticks when outdoors

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WAUSAU (WKOW) -- As people start to spend more time outside, experts say there's a good chance you might come across some ticks.

The parasites can cause Lyme disease and can be dangerous to not only humans but also dogs. Ticks are a problem in Wisconsin because of the many wooded areas and during the rainy season, standing water, where ticks thrive.

Veterinarians say early detection of a tick is key to keep your dog healthy.

"It takes the tick about 48 hours to transmit the disease so if you find them when they just got on, you're going to prevent it just by removing it," says Karla Sathre, a veterinarian.

Inspect your dog as you would a human, check through hair and ears and other common places to find a tick. If you find one, just pull it off.

Tick season can run from February to December, but the worst times are early spring and late fall.

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