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Show us Your Ticks!

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If your dog or cat has a tick, we want it! We are asking you to help us investigate which ticks are infesting dogs and cats across the country.

Did you know that both dogs and cats can be infested by ticks? And even if your pet never goes outdoors they can still get ticks? Ticks can carry and transmit harmful pathogens to both pets and people. Here’s how you can help.

Submit a Tick

Ready to take the next step? You can contribute to our research by submitting a tick from your dog or cat. No ticks from people please.

Steps to Follow When You Find a Tick:

  1. Remove the tick (grasp close to skin using tweezers or tick remover and gently pull). Do not use bare hands.
  2. Place in small plastic container with tightly fitting lid. Multiple ticks from the same animal may be placed in one container. If ticks are collected from more than one animal, separate containers must be used.
  3. Close the primary plastic container with ticks and place it inside a zip-top plastic bag.
  4. Print and complete submission form (please write clearly) and place with the sealed container of ticks in the zip-top bag and seal the bag.
  5. If ticks are collected from more than one animal, a submission form should be completed for each animal and placed in a separate zip-top bag with the appropriate container of ticks.
  6. Tick identification information on each submission will be provided via email (please be sure to include preferred address)
  7. Place sealed zip-top bag(s) with ticks and submission forms in secure mailer and drop off or ship to your location of choice.
  8. Again, please no ticks from people.

Contact us if you have any questions!

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