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Tick Tock! It’s Time For Tick Season! Are You Prepared? #CarePlus

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Becoming infected with Lyme Disease doesn’t just happen by hiking through tall grasses.

My niece, Jennifer, became infected with Lyme Disease simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Thankfully, everything worked out well for Jennifer but, what if she could have found out if the tick was carrying Lyme Disease as soon as her boyfriend had removed the tick from her scalp?

If she had a Care PlusTM Tick-Test she could have.

Care Plus® Tick Test

Coming to select pharmacies, and outdoor retailers, nationally and online at in May 2016, Care PlusTM Tick-Test allows Canadians to test a tick for Lyme disease-causing bacteria immediately – and get a result within 10 minutes! The Care PlusTM Tick-Test screens for three types of bacteria, one being the Borrelia bacteria which is most common in Canada.

While it hardly feels like spring here in Ottawa, with the cold temperatures we have been experiencing, May is officially regarded as the start of tick season, which runs through to September. Despite the cold, Ottawa, and many parts of Canada, have recently confirmed tick sightings. Ottawa veterinarians have already been treating cases of Lyme Disease in dogs in the Nation’s Capital.

Ticks infested with Lyme Disease can be found all across Canada, but are especially prevalent in Eastern Canada where we have a high population of White-Tailed Deer, the tick’s preferred host. Here in Ontario, Lyme Disease “hot spots”, where there are a significant number of ticks infected with Lyme Disease, include the Thousand Island region and Prince Edward County.

Lyme Disease has become such a serious health concern for Canadians that the Federal government, and many issue stakeholders, are meeting in Ottawa at what is being called the Federal framework on Lyme disease conference (May 15-17). The conference’s aim is to develop a framework that will help prevent and reduce Lyme disease-related health risks to Canadians.  Prevention is among the topics on the agenda, something that aligns with the Care PlusTM Tick-Test, and the bigger picture around helping Canadians take a more proactive role in safeguarding themselves.

“The Care PlusTM Tick-Test allows you to determine whether a tick that has bitten you is carrying the Borrelia bacterium, which may cause Lyme disease. Only use the Care Plus™ Tick Test to establish the presence of Borrelia bacteria in engorged ticks, by simply crushing the tick, adding the test liquid to the tube, shaking the tube and pouring a few drops of its contents on to the patented tester. Want to learn more about the Tick Test and how to use it? Download the Tick Test manual.”

Tropicare, maker of the Care PlusTM Tick-Test and based in the Netherlands, is a global leader in keeping outdoor and travel enthusiasts protected and safe from insect bites and associated health risks.  In addition to the Tick Test, Care Plus also retails a tick remover. It’s very important to remove a tick properly and in its entirety!

Still not sure you should be concerned about contracting Lyme Disease from a tick? Check out this infographic!

Care Plus Tick Test Infographic

All Canadians, especially those with dogs and cats, or those who spend time outdoors camping, hiking or at the cottage, should consider keeping a Care PlusTM Tick-Test on hand.

Care Plus® Tick Test

Stop The Tick Canada wants to help Canadians protect their family from the devastating effects of Lyme Disease. They are offering four lucky Canadian Blog House readers the chance to win a Care PlusTM Tick-Test!

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN!


For more information on the Care PlusTM Tick-Test like Stop The Tick Canada on Facebook!

It is very important to keep in mind that the Care PlusTM Tick-Test is NOT suitable for animals. It does NOT test a person for Lyme Disease. The Care PlusTM Tick-Test tests the tick NOT the person.

If you’ve been bitten by a tick, or you experience any of symptoms related to Lyme Disease, please be sure to contact your doctor immediately. As with my niece Jennifer, early detection is key to the successful treatment of Lyme Disease.






Disclosure: Canadian Blog House received compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are our own.

  1. May 17, 2016

    Lisa Smith

    I haven’t seen these before but it’s a great idea to have one at home.

  2. May 15, 2016

    krystyl olson

    I’ve never personally known anyone who suffered from Lyme disease, but know the dangers of it, and how easy it is for a tick to get on you – kids aged 4-10 are most likely to get ticks – my kids are 4 and 10 and very active outdoors – hikes, sports, climbing trees and swimming in lakes.

  3. May 15, 2016

    Ami b

    I have a friend that contracted Lyme disease and I think this is a great product. Especially with soccer season and hikes around the corner.

  4. May 15, 2016

    Kim K

    I don’t know any one personally but we spend a lot of time outdoors and it’s always great to be prepared.

  5. May 14, 2016

    Laurie P

    my cousin suffered from Lyme disease… that I know of this kit, I will be looking to buy one to have on hand!

  6. May 14, 2016


    I don’t know anyone who’s had Lyme disease but I know that it’s on the rise. We go camping and hiking a lot so I’m trying to be prepared but not too paranoid.

  7. May 14, 2016


    I mainly heard about it from Yolanda on the real housewives. sounds like a good product.

  8. May 13, 2016

    Kim D

    Don’t know anyone personally that’s been affected but I know it is becoming more of an issue in my area so I would like one of these kits just in case!

  9. May 13, 2016

    Elizabeth Matthiesen

    No, I have never had Lyme disease nor do I know of anyone personally who suffers or has suffered from Lyme disease. I do think these are a good idea for those who go camping etc. I don’t and I don’t have any pets so probably I won’t be buying them. However I will be passing this on to my adult children who do go camping.

  10. May 13, 2016

    Angela Mitchell

    I don’t know anyone personally affected by Lyme disease but we have many ticks here on the west coast of BC. My husband just pulled a tick out of the back of his neck last week.

  11. May 12, 2016

    ruth moreira-lozon

    I don’t know anyone – other than Avril Lavigne 🙂 – but I have heard of the disease and it is terrible. Kids are curious so it’s very important to make sure they stay safe. Thank you for this article!

  12. May 12, 2016

    Judy Cowan

    No I don’t know anyone who has had lyme disease but we camp so I will definitely pick up a kit for our trailer.

  13. May 11, 2016

    ivy pluchinsky

    Living in the country i sure could use this! I do know someone who has gotten lyme disease. Thanks for the info, this is a kit i need!

  14. May 10, 2016

    Melinda Jana

    I don’t know anyone who has been affected by the Lyme Disease but I’m scared because we go hiking in the woods a lot with our dog and we’ve had close calls with ticks. Thanks for the informative write up!

  15. May 10, 2016

    Marilyn Legault

    I had a friend down south who got Lyme disease and still suffers from some small problems even after treatment. Will have to look into this product for the cottage.

  16. May 10, 2016

    Diana Powell

    We’re out with our trailer a lot in the summer and we’re constantly going on hikes with our dogs so ticks and Lyme Disease are a big concern .

  17. May 9, 2016


    My cousin had ticks on her dog, but things have turned out okay

  18. May 9, 2016


    Awesome article.. We are very concerned about Ticks. I will use this kit at my home and trailer. Our dog has gotten a tick once and had to have it removed. It worked out perfectly but, we may only get lucky once. We are very mindful of ticks since we do a lot of camping.

  19. May 9, 2016


    i do not know anyone who has been infected with Lyme Disease – it is scary though – we have picked lots of ticks off our dogs, so they are definitely out there in our community.

  20. May 9, 2016

    Lynda Cook

    Wow this was a great post to read, I hate ticks, and where I live itès not grassy, but my Rotti still managed to get 2 ticks last year, I was happy she was alright!! This would be a great kit to have for anyone, you don’t need to own animals for this, because they can go on you as well!!

  21. May 9, 2016


    Very good write up Sandy. Good information to have on hand for a dangerous illness that is on the rise. The tick test sounds like a good product .

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