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.
At Fairview Veterinary Hospital, few things make us more sad than a sick puppy…the only exception being a sick puppy who we could have protected from getting sick in the first place. Canine parvovirus is nothing to take lightly, but dog owners who take the time to learn a little bit about it can do a lot to protect their pet.
Understanding Canine Parvovirus
Parvovirus is a type of virus that can infect many different species. Human parvovirus commonly results in Fifth disease, feline parvovirus results in panleukopenia, and canine parvovirus results in a serious gastrointestinal infection commonly just called parvo.
Thankfully human parvovirus does not make dogs sick, and vice versa. This doesn’t mean that parvo is something to ignore.