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72 ticks found on one dog after visiting wooded area near Sweet Home exit off 990 North

Posted at 12:09 PM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 18:26:08-04

Pet owners, keep an eye on your cats and dogs - more specifically, their fur!

Veterinarians at the Brighton-Eggert Animal Clinic removed 72 ticks last week from Gracie, the 12-year-old golden retriever. 

“Everywhere I touched her there was another tick,” said Dr. Holly Guenther. “That was definitely the most ticks I've ever seen on one dog. It was very surprising.”

Gracie’s owner, Darlene Williams said she’d visited the area many times before, and never had a problem. “Dogs are lower to the ground and they just all attached on her,” she told 7 Eyewitness News.

Williams said she didn't notice them at first. But, Gracie started acting lethargic and kept putting her paw over her face. “I just shampooed her like I normally do. But, it wasn't until a couple days later she had the brown bumps and knew something had to be wrong.”

Gracie wasn't on any preventative flea or tick medication. Guenther encourages all pet owners to treat pets this time of year.