Canine Lyme Disease is a growing concern to veterinarians, as well as pet parents all across the country, because geographical areas who once need not worry – now should.
The disease (in humans) originates from infected ticks and was discovered in 1975 in Old “Lyme” Connecticut.
In dogs, it was identified in 1984 (same location) and seems to have increased as rapidly as with humans.
WORST TICK SEASON IN YEARS –
Earlier this week I read that this could be the “worst tick season in years” #shutthedoodledoor …
Experts are saying –
warmer winters caused by climate change are allowing ticks to expand into new regions of the U.S. Source: Huffington Post
Climates are warmer in northern regions more than ever before, and Lyme disease is spreading dramatically.
While studies still have no evidence that dogs or cats with Lyme disease are contagious to humans, your pet can bring an infected tick into your home. The thought makes me itchy all over.
TICKS – WHAT TO KNOW –
- they have four pairs of legs and no antennae.
- they are the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, and feed slowly.
- the black legged tick (or deer tick) is the transmitter for canine and human Lyme disease.
TICKS – WHAT TO DO –
First let me say this –
there is no one plan to will fit every situation. but I implore you to sit down with your vet, research your region and find out what’s lurking in your neck of the woods. Make a decision that is right for your pet, acceptable to your vet, and be sure you follow through.
- Tick checks – ticks are extremely small, tiny like poppy seeds, making them difficult to spot. I check both Harley and Jaxson at the end of each day. Around duck, they’re usually tired, and will lay relatively still while I run my hands (or a wide tooth comb) backwards across their coats. My Boys are white, so that is an advantage.
- Know the environment – we walk all over Charleston. They love the parks, trails, etc… I do try to stay away from thick condensed bushy areas. Doodle Dad removes all unwanted brush from our yard and will spray regularly.
- Treat the dog – there are many different products available on the market. Sprays, dips and shampoos help treat current infestations on your dog. Topical tick control products help prevent ticks on your dog.
THIS IS NOT A PRODUCT REVIEW –
I’m just sharing what’s working for us.
Before I moved to South Carolina, Doodle Doc of Virginia, strongly suggested I look into Bravecto for the Boys. She suggested it because of the increased number of both flea and tick cases in the area. When I met Doodle Doc of SC, he too shared statistics and documented studies about the success of Bravecto in our new location…
It comes in a tasty chew (at least Jaxson makes it look tasty!) that provides 12 weeks of flea and tick protection.
Charlestonian’s for almost two years – I’ve only seen one tick after a long walk. As soon as I grabbed my “tick teaser” (a must tool for all pet parents) – I noticed the tick was just riding Jaxson’s back – he wasn’t even embedded yet. This seems to be the pawfect line of defense for the Boys.
WEEKEND WRAP-UP –
Sunday I spent some time getting educated about outdoor plants to hang on our porch.
Here’s what I learned about myself and plant shopping.
- personally think they’re too expensive.
- can’t count – bought four to get home and realize I have six hangers #moremoney
- had more fun pulling the Boys in the wagon…
The porch does look lovely! Let’s see how long I can keep them alive 🙂
How was your weekend?
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian nor a canine pharmaceutical rep. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs.
More good reads:
- Most Lyme Infected Ticks are in the Northeast & Northwest
- Canine Lyme Disease
- Pet MD 2017 Flea & Tick Survival Guide
Keep looking up that’s the secret of life ❤️