Canine Vector-Borne Disease Prevalence Map (2007-today)
“This map highlights the number of reported positive cases of Lyme disease in dogs in Ohio. Because so many dogs go untested for vector-borne disease, the actual number of dogs affected by ticks is likely many times higher than what is shown here!”
Common symptoms of Lyme disease include:
*Swelling of the joints
*Loss of Appetite
*Lameness in the limb that is closest to the site of tick attachment
Lyme disease is often times very difficult to diagnosed due to the vague and wide range of signs and symptoms it can produce in both humans and pets. Not all patients will have the classic “bulls eye” lesion!
Untreated Lyme disease can lead to more serious health complications such as:
The Dangers are Real, Prevention is key!
The first line of defense is using tick prevention monthly, year round.
An annual vaccine is available through us for dogs which are at an increased risk!
Brush your dog after being outside (even if you live in an urban area) and thoroughly look through your dog’s fur daily.
Properly remove any ticks you find on your pet immediately-remember if you are using a tick preventative, ticks can still become attached but will detach and die before transmitting diseases.
Proper Tick Removal
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers or tick removal tool to grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible.
2. Pull upward with even, steady pressure. Do not jerk or twist-this could cause the ticks mouth parts to break and remain in the skin. If the mouth parts should break off and you are unable to grab them with tweezers, bring your pet into the hospital to have the veterinarian or staff member remove it for you.
Avoid folklore remedies such as using a heat, fingernail polish, or any other methods to remove the tick. These methods do not work and more often times cause the tick to bury into the skin deeper or release toxins more quickly!
Watch the tick removal site for any redness, swelling, or any lesions. If your pet begins acting ill or not him/herself or you notice any lesions in the weeks following the removal, please bring your pet in to see the veterinarian and be sure to mention the tick attachment.