Tick population growth causes problems

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday that Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are increasing due to a rise in the tick population.

The summer months are usually the time when tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease begin to rise. The increased tick population this year is expected to lead to more than 300,000 illnesses in humans and pets.

"With an increasing number of ticks across the U.S., the very best approach for every dog is prevention," Carrie White, internist at VCA Family Animal Hospital in Pearl City, Hawaii, said. "Since there is an effective vaccine for Lyme disease, it is advisable to prevent this disease rather than to rely on treating infected animals. Disease prevention can save pets and their owners a great degree of financial and emotional distress."

People and their pets are asked to be on high alert this year because of the increasing threat of tick-borne illnesses. The CDC is asking for everyone to be informed about Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses symptoms and risk factors for both themselves and their pets.