The start of spring with April reminds us of heartworm disease and of course tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease. Borrelia burgdorferi is the disease transmitted by deer ticks that cause Borreliosis (Lyme disease). A lot of fancy words, can you keep up? Tick-borne disease is not commonly talked about here in Brookings, South Dakota however it is prevalent in the area. Minnesota is a high-risk area and a close neighbor to us. If your pet is traveling to Minnesota, hunting, or in a heavily wooded area we highly recommend awareness about the tick-borne disease.
Affects of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease primarily affects the joints and kidney of the body. Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, lack of energy, shifting lameness, stiffness, discomfort, pain, and swelling of joints. If left untreated symptoms can progress to neurologic deficits, cardiac issues, and kidney failure (can be fatal).
Treating Lyme Disease
Prevention is Key
Flea and tick prevention is key to preventing tick-borne disease. Most tick prevention products kill the ticks before Lyme disease can be transmitted to your pet. Some great tick prevention we carry is Credelio, Bravecto, and Frontline.
Another great way to prevent the spread of tick disease is to do regular tick checks after coming indoors. Carefully remove the ticks with a tweezer placed on the tick's head. Tick jars containing alcohol are a great way to safely kill ticks.
Your pet's safety is our number one goal. Preventing tick-borne disease such as Lyme disease are the key to keeping your pet happy and healthy. Call us today at (605) 697-5252 to discuss your pet's tick disease testing and prevention.