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State health officials are asking Washington's dog owners, "Where'd you get that tick?"


Spring is around the corner and so are the ticks. A new online survey asks Washington’s dog owners about their run-ins with ticks.

The survey aims to help the state Department of Health learn more about Washington ticks and the diseases they spread. Dog owners are asked to go online at and fill out a short, anonymous survey, and to send the agency any ticks they find during tick season.

The tick season has begun in Western Washington, and in the next few weeks, ticks will emerge from their winter hideaways elsewhere in the state.

“Many dog owners have found a tick or two on their furry friend after coming home from a walk outside,” said Dr. Liz Dykstr...

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