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Tick-Borne Diseases and Horses

Tick-Borne Diseases in Horses are on the Rise.

This years unusual weather patterns seem to have given rise to tick populations. Ticks have become a year-round concern in many parts of the U.S., and now with fall just around the corner it’s time to become especially tick savvy in order to protect our horses from tenacious tick-borne diseases. Ticks are most prevalent in spring and in fall and it seems they may have become more pervasive in fall than they were just a few short years ago.

Tick-Borne diseases are rampantly spreading throughout the US at the highest rates ever and are being found in a growing number of new regions around the country. Asian Long Horn ticks are killing livestock (and wildlife such as moose) by literally draining them of blood. Lyme Disease is being diagnosed at alarming rates. And more tick related concerns and diseases keep appearing all the time.

The tick’s reliance on blood-feeding has unfortunately allowed it to function as an effective transmitter of microscopic pathogens. There are over 900 species of ticks recognized worldwide. Different pathogens have adapted to different species of ticks. Consequently, a variety of diseases can be transmitted by ticks to mammals and birds.

Arguably the most notable of them is Lyme Disease.

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Ticks-Off and Hilton Herbs at Global Pet Expo


TICKS-OFF and HILTON HERBS are in Orlando at the Global Pet Expo!

This means that very soon you will be able to find Ticks-Off and Tic X at your local pet and feed stores!! WooHoo!! If your favorite store is behind the times and not yet carrying these amazing products – ask them:  “Why Not…?”

You’ve likely been hearing about Ticks-Off, but have you heard about Hilton Herb’s new product Tic X?


This amazing new herbal product has been designed and formulated by Hilary Self , in conjunction with Dr. Joyce Harman, to help horses maintain a strong and effective immune response to infection.

Ticks-Off is proud to be working together with Hilary and Tony Self of Hilton Herbs, and Dr. Joyce Harman, addressing the needs for tick safety, protection, and equine health.

ticks-off-fedHilton Herbs marvelous new product Tic X contains a carefully formulated combination of herbs to help preserve a healthy strong immune system, whilst supporting the horses’ various systems that may be affected by conventional medicines.

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Tick Borne Diseases Effecting Equines

Tick-Borne Diseases Effecting Equines:

Tick-borne diseases are becoming more common and unfortunately there are nearly 900 species of ticks. There are three (known) tick-borne diseases that effect equines.



(also called ehrlichiosis, tick-borne fever, and pasture fever) is caused by anaplasma phagocytophilum,. This disease effects horses, cattle, dogs, humans, and other mammals.

Anaplasmosis is the tick-transmitted disease that most commonly causes illness in horses. These bacteria live inside certain blood cells (granulocytes).

In horses clinical signs usually appear 10-45 days after infection. Fever is typically accompanied by limb swelling and the appearance of small hemorrhages on the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth, eyes, or vulva.

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Ticks Lurking Everywhere:

Where Are Ticks Lurking…?

Ticks seem to be everywhere!

Simply riding through lush grass or a wooded area can result in many ticks on your horse and yourself.

In regions with moderate or cold climates (Europe and North America) ticks are commonly found in forests and woods, on wildlife and livestock alike.

They thrive in protective layers of vegetation and tall grasses. Keeping pastures mowed to prevent excessively tall grass and clearing brush from around fence lines is highly recommended.

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Other Tick Articles Worth Reading…


Tick articles of interest:

Not all ticks are capable of transmitting Lyme disease to you or your horses. But why wait to see if those “tick-ing” time bombs are the “right” kind?….

If the sight of a tick makes your skin crawl—even if it’s not crawling on your skin— you’re not alone…

Spring is finally here, but that also means blood-thirsty ticks are out in full force. Beware of these different types of ticks…

Protecting horses from ticks can be challenging…

The trouble with ticks: Tick-borne diseases are among the most difficult to diagnose and challenging to treat…