Issue: July 2024
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Next deadline: August 26

"PROTECTING OUR PETS" A CALL TO ARMS AGAINST TICKS AND LYME DISEASE

As the warm weather rolls in and we eagerly step outside to enjoy the beauty of nature, there's an unseen threat lurking in the grass......TICKS! This year, our community has seen a significant increase in tick populations, and the diseases they carry, which can have serious consequences for both pets and humans alike.

When a tick attaches itself to a host, if it is infected with the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi, it can transmis it to the host, causing Lyme Disease. Symptoms can inslude fever, lethargy, joint pain, and lameness. In severe cases, Lyme Disease can cause kidney failure and even death in pets.

Cats are more resistant to this bacterium than dogs, so Lyme Disease is rare for them, but we see Lyme almost daily in our local Canine population. Prevention is key to protecting our furry friends from tick-borne diseases.

Here are some essential tips:

1. Regular Tick Checks: After outdoor activities, thoroughly inspect your pet for ticks, paying close attention to areas like the ears, neck and between the toes.

2. Tick Control Products: Utilize tick control products recommended by your veterinarian. There are several safe prescription products available. A secondary back-up measure for people and dogs is Atlantick spray (not safe for cat use).

3. Landscaping: Keep your yard well-maintained by mowing the grass regularly and removing any tail weeds or brush where ticks may hide.

4. Avoid Tick Habitats: When possible, steer clear of areas known to be infested with ticks, such as wooded areas and tall grass.

5. Lyme Disease Vaccine: Speak to your veterinarian about vaccinating your dog for Lyme diseas.

By taking proactive measures to prevent tick bites, we can safeguard the health and well-being of our furry companions. Remember, early detection and treatment are crucial in combating tick-born diseases.

At Uniacke Lakes Animal Hospital, we're dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for your pets. If you have concerns about ticks or Lyme disease, don't hesitate to contact us. Together we can keep our pets safe and healthy all season long.

Uniacke Lakes Animal Hospital 572 Highway #1, Mount Uniacke 902-866-6626