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Lyme Disease In Dogs

May 22

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Lyme Disease In Dogs
It is tick & Lyme Disease season in Marlboro! Tick bites can be very scary specifically because of the possibility for you and Lyme Disease in dogs. Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria and is transmitted to people and pets through the bite of infected  ticks. Human symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and rashes. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.  Treatment is easy.  A few weeks of antibiotics will treat it. For pet owners, we also recommend  bug spray and thorough checking. Pets, specifically dogs that play outside, are at great risk of tick bites. It is extremely important to use a tick preventative product. Our veterinarians recommend Nexgard and Seresto Collars. Please call us or schedule an appointment to learn about solutions for your pet. Tick bites on dogs are very difficult to detect and ticks themselves can often be the size of a poppy seed. Symptoms may not appear for a few weeks after an infected bite.
To reduce the chances that a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets, The CDC recommends:
  • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.
  • If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away.
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam.
  • Talk to your veterinarian about tickborne diseases in your area.
  • Reduce tick habitat in your yard.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventives on your pet.
  • Avoid folklore remedies such as "Painting the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly (vaseline), or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin.  The goal should be to remove the tick as quickly as possible. Do not wait for it to detach itself.
 

The Center for Disease Control: How to remove a tick to prevent Lyme Disease

   

Reported Lyme Disease Cases in New Jersey

(NJ: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/tables.html)

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
# of reported cases 3320 3398 2732 2785 2589 3932
    To learn more about testing for Lyme Disease in dogs and other diseases, go to: http://ahc.flywheelsites.com/service/ticks-lyme-disease/