Lyme Disease (Canine Tick-Borne Disease)
High Risk Tick Area: We live in an area where ticks are very prevalent. These small parasites can transmit many diseases including Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Symptoms of these diseases can include lameness, fever, anorexia, swollen joints and possible kidney impairment.
As you see in the map below, our region has one of the highest incidences of Lyme disease in the country.
The best protection for our canine friends is prevention, primarily with products such as K9 Advantix, Frontline, Nexgard or a Seresto collar. Another line of defense against Lyme disease is the Lyme vaccine. The veterinarians at Longwood Veterinary Center recommend the annual vaccine for all dogs.
It is also recommended that our canine patients perform an annual blood test to detect for exposure to Lyme, Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. Diagnostics and treatment vary and will be discussed with you upon results.
Reported Cases of Human Lyme Disease in 2009 from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/
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