CLEVELAND — Roxy, our Wags 4 Warriors service dog-in-training experienced another first. Kayla DeLorenzo, Roxy’s handler, shared pictures of the pup’s first camping trip.

Roxy went along with DeLorenzo and her family. She enjoyed exploring, hanging out by the campfire and long naps on her bed.

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It was an overall great experience, but DeLorenzo reports that everything we’ve heard recently about ticks this year is true. 

The Ohio Department of Health has issued a warning about the rise in tickborne diseases this year. A perfect storm of conditions, including a mild winter, has allowed ticks to thrive this season. 

Ticks can carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

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Your best defense is always to wear long sleeves and tuck your pants into socks when out in wooded areas or where grass is tall. Don’t forget a tick repellent, too.

It’s always a good idea to check your skin closely when you return home. Ticks can catch a ride on clothing and move to your bare skin.

When it comes to your pet, talk to your veterinarian about the best type of prevention from a pill, cream or flea and tick collar. Be sure to check between their paws, behind their ears and inspect their fur. If you find a tick, give your vet a call.

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