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The Most Common Tick in Berks County: The American Dog Tick

Hosts : The immature stages are frequently found on small rodents such as meadow mice. The adults are frequently found on dogs (hence the name) and can be recognized by the distinctive white markings on their back. The American dog tick may become greatly engorged, achieving the size of a grape. In addition to man, the other hosts are cat, cattle, donkey, hog, horse, mule, sheep, coyote, deer, fox, wolf, wildcat, badger, opossum, rabbit raccoon, rat, skunk, squirrel, weasel and ground hog. Diseases : American dog ticks are the major carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which is less common than Lyme disease, but a potentially more serious illness. This tick has also been known to transmit tularemia, and to cause tick paralysis.

Support the Berks County K9 Unit!

berks county k9 In January of 2012, Sheriff Eric J. Weaknecht created a non-profit K-9 organization called the “Friends of Berks County Sheriff K-9”. The goal of the program is to help maintain and enhance the Berks County Sheriff K-9 unit and to provide education and awareness to the citizens of Berks County. As the Friends of the Berks County Sheriff K-9 association grows, they will expand their efforts to support the needs of the K-9’s as well as make the public aware of the contributions and safety issues in the County of Berks where the K-9 teams will serve. For more information, go to:

Public Health: Diseases You and Your Pet Can Share

Bernville Veterinary Clinic continues its “Veterinary Medicine for Pet Owners” series with a seminar titled Public Health: Diseases You and Your Pet Can Share, scheduled for Monday evening, March 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Topics include intestinal parasites (roundworms, hookworms, Giardia and Toxoplasma), skin infections caused by ringworm and scabies mites, and rabies. Dr. Lee Pickett will present the seminar at the Bernville Veterinary Clinic, Pet Spa & Resort, 7135 Bernville Road (Route 183), Bernville. Dessert and coffee will be served. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP by calling 610-488-0166 or emailing

Reading Pet Expo & the Berks ARL

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 22 – 24 – Reading Pet Expo Greater Reading Expo Center 4:00pm – 9:00pm Friday, 10:00am – 8:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm Sunday Stop by the ARL’s booth at the biggest pet event in the area. They’ll have adoptable pets there and lots more. Once again, the ARL is sponsoring the Pet Costume Contest on Saturday at 6:00pm. Go to their web site for more information: or