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Is Tick Time…Protect Yourself and Your Pets

TicksProtect yourself from those nasty little critters – the Tick. For your safety, wear long sleeves and pants when there is possible exposure because Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi and is spread by ticks. The most common carrier is the deer tick, but nearly every tick could be a carrier. Ticks must remain attached for approximately 36-48 hours for the bacteria to spread to your pet companion. Although Lyme disease is only transmitted by the bite of a tick, please do not pull ticks off with your fingers. You, as a human, are only at risk of Lyme disease if a tick bites you not by your pet’s phlegm.

Symptoms of Lyme disease may include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Lameness
  • Fever
  • Swollen or painful joints
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Fortunately, Lyme disease can be prevented. Pets can be vaccinated against Lyme disease. The Lyme disease vaccination must be boostered three weeks after the initial Lyme disease vaccine for puppies. Subsequently, annual vaccination is sufficient. Other ways to prevent Lyme disease for your pet(s) are:

  • Avoiding grassy areas
  • Using monthly tick preventative/repellent
  • Inspect your pet(s) when coming indoors
  • Properly remove ticks when found
  • Also inspect yourself as ticks may jump from one mammal to another

As with various diseases, prevention is easier than diagnosis and treatment. Call Pet Doctor today at (972) 772-7777 and schedule a quick appointment to vaccinate against Lyme disease. Also take advantage of our spectacular promotions on tick preventative/repellent.

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