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Tick App

Hi All, we wanted to share an article with you-

Spring has sprung, and with it, tick season has arrived. UW-Madison researchers have two online research studies on tick prevention now open to participants, including a new study specifically for pet owners.

The Tick App is an interactive mobile phone study where users can share their daily outdoor activities, explain tick prevention methods, and report tick encounters. Additionally, if users find a tick, they can submit a picture of the tick through the app for identification.

The Tick App has launched an online study this year for pet owners to better understand the role of pets in tick prevention.

Participants are asked to complete two online, 5- to 10-minute surveys - the first upon enrollment, and the second later this summer. Each survey asks about participants' pets and veterinarian visits, and also asks participants to share their attitudes, knowledge and behaviors around ticks. This information will help us determine whether acquiring a pet changes owners' tick prevention habits.

To participate in this study, pet owners must be at least 18 years old and own a dog or cat. Pet owners can enroll for the study through bit.ly/PetsAndTicks.

The Tick App can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. Our website, https://thetickapp.org, provides flyers and more information about the app and the pet study. For questions about the pet study, please email tickteam@wisc.edu, and for questions about the Tick App, please email tickapp@wisc.edu.


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