It's a problem on the rise and you may not even know about it. Tick born rickettseal diseases are affecting more and more dogs in Amarillo.
Newschannel 10 spoke with Janice Wolf, a local vet, who says two years ago she treated about 100 cases, last year it went up to 400, this year they've already seen 75.
Wolf says the bad news is it can cause many problems for your pet, even death. The good news is it's easily treated if you catch it early.
She says the best thing you can do to keep ticks away is spray the area around your home and ask your vet what medicines are best for your dog.