Protect Dogs From Lyme Disease: It’s Not too Late

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Nearly 200,000 positive cases of canine Lyme Disease confirmed thus far in 2020 — ensure barn buddies are protected. 

Whether accompanying us at the barn, competitions or joining in on trail-riding fun, our trusty dog is almost always by our side. That’s why it is important to consider that if your dogs are not protected,more time outdoors could mean heightened risk for tick bites and disease. Nearly 200,000 cases of canine Lyme disease have already been confirmed in the U.S. this year, and summer temperatures continue to climb, making for thriving tick environments. However, it isn’t too late to offer dogs protection against harmful Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue reading for crucial disease information, from transmission to tick prevention.

How is Lyme disease transmitted? 

Within only 36 hours, an attached tick carrying the Lyme disease bacterium can transmit the disease to its host.

Can dogs transfer Lyme disease? 
While the disease is zoonotic, meaning the illness affects both animals and humans, you can rest easy knowing Fido cannot give you or your horse Lyme disease, and vice versa. Lyme disease is transferable only from an infected tick bite.

How common is Lyme disease?
The number of canine Lyme disease cases is increasing, with 359,461 cases confirmed in 2019, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

What are common symptoms? 
Lyme disease can go undetected for as many as five months before signs become recognizable. Common symptoms your pet could present include swollen joints, decreased activity, loss of appetite, fever and kidney failure. Lyme disease can be fatal; however, it can be prevented.

Where is the disease most prevalent? 
Reported in humans and animals across the country (and across the world), Lyme disease is most prevalent in the southern New England states, eastern Mid-Atlantic states, the upper Midwest – most notably Wisconsin and Minnesota – California and Florida.

What are the best prevention methods? 
Trusted tick prevention products can help ensure your pet’s protection against ticks and tick-borne diseases. Proven brands of tick collars can detach up to 100 percent of attached ticks on your dog within just 48 hours, and some even offer eight months of protection, repelling and killing both ticks and fleas. There also are effective topical treatments to protect dogs against ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies and more.

If your dog spends extended periods of time outside, your veterinarian might recommend your pet be vaccinated against Lyme disease. Remember to check both yourself and your dog for ticks, to prevent both of you from the risk of harmful disease transmission. As horse owners, our dogs are never far behind us, whether we’re mucking stalls or riding in the field. Ensure your dog is protected for years of happy trails with you and your horse. 

To learn more about flea and tick prevention for dogs, as well as find horse health essentials, visit veterinarian-founded, veterinarian-owned, Valley Vet Supply.                       

Lyme disease image sourced from Companion Animal Parasite Council.  

About Valley Vet Supply

Valley Vet Supply was founded in 1985 by veterinarians to provide customers with the very best animal health solutions. Building on over half a century experience in veterinary medicine, Valley Vet Supply serves equine, pet and livestock owners with more than 23,000 products and medications hand-selected by Valley Vet Supply founding veterinarians and their professional staff. With an in-house pharmacy that is licensed in all 50 states, and verified through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Valley Vet Supply is the dedicated source for all things horse, livestock and pet. For more information, please visit ValleyVet.com.

For more information, please contact:                                          

Aimee Robinson                                             

Valley Vet Supply                               

785-562-3864 x 282