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3 Tips to Prevent Lyme Disease in Your Dog

 

Lyme disease is transmitted to dogs and people by black-legged ticks, sometimes known as deer ticks. Lyme disease is expanding across the country and can affect canines in any region. The following tips will help you prevent Lyme disease in your dog.

 

#1: Avoid walking your dog in areas where ticks are likely to be

Ticks don’t fall out of trees to attack their victims, but they are likely to be found in heavily wooded areas. Tall grass, brush, and weeds provide the perfect opportunity for ticks to “quest” for their next meal, which means they climb up the plant and stretch out, waiting for the next warm body to venture past. To avoid ticks, walk in the center of trails through the woods, or stick to sidewalks in more populated areas.

 

#2: Vaccinate your dog for Lyme disease

An annual vaccination is available for dogs to help protect them from Lyme disease. Speak to our team to see if adding this vaccine to your dog’s protocol is a good idea.

 

#3: Discourage ticks from making a home in your yard

If your dog spends a great deal of time in the backyard, you may be inadvertently exposing them to ticks. Landscape your yard appropriately to discourage ticks and their hosts from making a home there. Start by clearing tall grasses and brush around your home and at the edge of the lawn. Mow your yard frequently and keep leaves raked. Place a 3-foot-wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between your lawn and any wooded area, in addition to around your patio. This will restrict tick migration into your most frequented areas. Also, stack wood neatly and in a dry area to discourage rodents that ticks feed on. 

 

If you locate a tick on your pet, carefully remove it with steady, even pressure. Grasp the tick’s head as close to your pet’s skin as possible using tweezers, then pull straight back in a steady manner. Our team can then identify the tick and advise you on tick-borne illness symptoms to look out for in your pet. If you notice a tick on your pet, please contact our team for additional information.