Ticks and Lyme Disease in Nova Scotia

September 7, 2020

There are many different types of ticks that can be found across Nova Scotia.  Ticks stick to skin and feed on blood. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans and pets by a bite from an infected blacklegged tick.  A tick carrying the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease can only transmit it after filling itself with blood, which takes at least 36 hours.

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), in partnership with the Nova Scotia Health

Authority (NSHA) is continuing to raise awareness about Lyme disease risk and prevention measures. 

The purpose of this correspondence is to provide veterinarians and the public with information about

Lyme disease prevention resources.


Materials, including posters and brochures, can be accessed online at the following website:


The University of Guelph has started a research project using a simple online tool where owners and

veterinarians can enter information about ticks that they find on dogs, cats, horses or other domestic


Direct link to the tick tracker can be found here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8pEFcT8xAEyK6hv

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