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May 2016

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month!!

Lyme disease is caused by a spiral-shaped microscopic organism, or spirochete, called Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium lives in the gut of the the deer tick or black legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and can be transmitted when an infected tick feeds on a dog, person, or other mammals. These ticks are extremely small, ranging from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a sesame seed. ​Black legged ticks prefer to hide in shady, moist ground litter, but they can be found above ground, clinging to tall grass, brush, shrubs, and low tree branches. They also inhabit gardens and lawns, particulary at the edges of woodlands and around old stone walls where deer and white footed mice, the ticks preferred hosts, thrive. Ticks can also be brought into areas by other animals such as rabbits, squirrels and birds.​​

Lyme Disease can affect dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. The more time a dog spends outside in areas where ticks are prevelent, the greater the risk! 

The Clinical Signs of Lyme Disease can be vague and can vary from mild to severe. They may also come and go. Some of the more common signs include: 
  • Recurrent painful joints, loss of appetite and depression

  • Reluctance to move or a stiff painful gait

  • Swollen joints that are warm to the touch

  • Fever, fatige and swollen Lymph nodes 

 The most important preventative measures against ticks and lyme disease are:

  •  Apply a tick control product to your pet

  • Keep your grass cut short and avoid high risk areas.

  • Check your animals daily buy running your fingers through their coats.

  • Correctly remove ticks using a tick remover or find pointed tweezers.

  • Consider vaccinating your dog with the Lyme Disease Vaccine.

 

 

Please contact us with any questions regarding prevention, vaccination, testing or the removal of ticks!!