Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States. The CDC estimates that over 300,000 people are infected each year, and Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of cases reported.
Our dogs are also at risk for Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, it is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause heart complications, joint disease, and permanent nervous system damage.
Before you go out in the woods this summer, take a moment to brush up on the basics of Lyme disease in pets and how to prevent it.
Parasites. The word alone gives most people the creeps. No one wants to play host to a blood-sucking bug, but most animals in the wild aren’t able to defend themselves against parasites. Whether internal or external, we can all agree that parasite prevention is important for the pets we know and love. Without a proactive, diligent approach, serious health problems may be the outcome of this costly gamble.
Cause and Effect
Parasites are awful in that they thrive at their host’s expense and are responsible for spreading harmful diseases. Luckily, with consistent monitoring and the right dose of medication, serious health problems are kept at bay, protecting both pets and their owners. What’s more, parasite prevention is less costly than treating illnesses spread by fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Continue…