Lyme disease is a bacterial disease discovered in 1975 in Lyme, Connecticut. Lyme disease is carried by ticks and is found in all 50 states. Lyme disease is not just a danger to our pets - the number of Lyme disease cases in humans has nearly tripled since 1990!
Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs may include
- Sore joints;
- Poor appetite.
Left untreated, Lyme disease is reocurring and can cause arthritis, kidney damage, and death! Fortunately, Lyme disease is both treatable and preventable. When you bring your pet to us we will recommend blood testing to determine whether or not your pet has been exposed to Lyme bacteria. If treatment is necessary, we will dispense medication from our in-house pharmacy for your pet. We will recommend an effective tick control product and vaccination against Lyme disease.
Every pet that goes outdoors is at risk for tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease. Ticks are active much of the year in Chetek; we diagnose many cases of Lyme disease each year in Chetek. Living, playing, or walking in an area near woods or brush where ticks are present increases risk of Lyme disease.
To protect your pet
- Use effective tick control. We recommend applying Frontline Plus every 30 days;
- Vaccinate against Lyme disease annually;
- Check your dog carefully for ticks daily;
- Expect ticks to be active when the temperature is above 40 degrees.
The effect of Lyme disease can be devastating. Take action today to protect your pet's future!