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.