Ticks and associated pathogens collected from dogs and cats in Belgium Parasites & Vectors 2013, 6:183 doi:10.1186/1756-3305-6-183 “…Dogs and cats were chosen, because several tick-borne diseases are of clinical importance in dogs and/or cats (e.g. babesiosis and ehrlichiosis) and because dogs and cats live in the close vicinity of their owners and can act as direct sentinels for infection of humans [6]. The approach of gathering data on the distribution of (zoonotic) vector-borne diseases through a veterinary survey is consistent with the ˜One Health” concept [7,8]…”