May Newsletter

It’s Flea and Tick Season, is your dog protected?

Lyme Disease!

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by the bite of an infected tick.  Most Lyme disease infections are contracted near the family home, and 75% of unvaccinated dogs will test positive at some point in their lifetime.  Luckily, Lyme disease is not passed from animal to animal or human to animal.

Lyme disease was named after a small town in Connecticut called Lyme.  This is where the first cases of Lyme disease were identified.  The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick; if the tick is not infected then the disease cannot be transmitted.  Deer ticks are just a vector for the Lyme bacteria.  Orland happens to be a high risk are for Lyme disease.

Lyme Disease Risk Factors:

  1.  Finding ticks on your dog, cat or yourself
  2. Your dog lives in a high risk area
  3. Your dog travels to a high risk area
  4. Your dog is surrounded by tall brush
  5. You take your dogs on walks or hikes in the woods or tall brush
  6. Your dog frequents an area with lots of deer
  7. Your dog does not receive an annual Lyme vaccination

Early Signs of Lyme Disease in your dog:

  1. Fever
  2. Depression
  3. Listlessness
  4. Circular Skin Rash

Late Signs of Lyme Disease:

  1. Joint and kidney issues
  2. less common: the heart and the central nervous system can be affected

Lyme Disease is preventable with an annual vaccination.  At Mid- Valley Vet, we carry a vaccine produced by Boehringer Ingelheim called Duramune Lyme.  All dogs can receive the vaccine as long as they are 9 weeks of age.  The first vaccine will have to be boostered in one moth, the booster will then be good for a year.  It is simple vaccine given under the skin.  Call us today to schedule an appointment to vaccinate your dog!

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