Who Let the Ticks (and Lyme Disease) Out?!

By April 1, 2016Pet Talk

Have you heard about Lyme disease?


In Northern Michigan, deer ticks are the main type of ticks that are able to transmit Lyme disease. These little critters are very tiny and can not easily be seen by the naked eye.


In order to transmit Lyme disease, the tick needs to be attached to your pet for at least 48 hours. Clinical signs of Lyme disease include lethargy, limping, joint pain, lymph node enlargement and fever that comes and goes with time.  There is no cure for Lyme disease, however we do have effective preventives that can protect your pets.  Bravecto is an oral chew that can protect your pet from fleas and ticks for 3 months.  Also, there is currently a vaccine on the market that prevents ticks from transmitting the disease to our pets.  It is highly effective and safe.


Consider vaccinating your dog if they are camping with you this summer, spending time in woody or grassy areas, or if you have ever seen a tick on yourself or your pet.


The ticks are in our area. They are ready.  ARE YOU?


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