Hi sick-from-tick. I am sorry you found three ticks on your dog. Do you treat her with Frontline or a similar product? Where are you located? Although there are states with less occurrence of Lyme disease, I believe it is present in every state.
There are many precautions you can take to reduce the chance of getting bitten: walk only on wide and/or paved trails and not through brush or tall grass; tuck your shirt into your pants, your pants into your socks, wear a hat; wear repellant on exposed skin and on your clothing; treat your yard; do things to deter deer and rodents from coming into your yard; check carefully for ticks when you come inside; and throw your clothes into a hot dryer for at least 15 minutes (this will kill any ticks, washing them will not). If you find a tick, remove it with tweezers only and save it for testing.
I live in central Wisconsin. Before I was infected I would tell my wife that ticks weren't really a big deal, you just pick them off. Needless to say I feel a bit different about them now.
We use frontline on our dog, so she'll probably be ok. Our fear is that she will bring them into the house.
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