Lyme Disease and Ticks
Summer is here, and so is the season of ticks and Lyme disease. Here are some “fun facts” about Lyme disease that you may not have heard before. Make sure that your pets have adequate flea and tick prevention!
- Lyme disease is extremely prevalent in our area. 1 in 10 dogs in NJ and 1 in 8 dogs in PA that are tested for Lyme have a positive result. 18% of all positive Lyme cases in the United States are from NJ and PA!
- Light or white colored dogs attract more ticks than dark colored ones do. This is because ticks are programmed to seek out the white bellies of their hosts in the wild – mostly deer and mice. Both the white color and body heat trigger the ticks to climb up blades of grass and wait for the animal to brush against them.
- Dogs do not get the “bull’s eye” sign when infected with Lyme after a tick bite like people often do.
- Untreated, severe Lyme disease infection can cause kidney damage and even failure in some cases.
- There are several other tick-borne diseases in dogs besides Lyme disease. Two of the most common in our area are Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. These are included as part of the heartworm and Lyme test that we perform during your dog’s annual appointment.
- Cats are not known to be susceptible to Lyme disease infection.
If you have questions about Lyme disease, or need to stock up on flea and tick preventatives, please call our office at 609-888-3400.