By Lacy GilMurray, DVM
Co-Medical Director, VCA, Calvert Veterinary Center
April is Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month. Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterium transmitted by the bite of infected deer ticks. It is the most commonly reported vector-borne disease among Americans, and is a serious health concern for dogs, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic.
Thankfully, not all pets that test positive become actively infected, but the ones that do can become severely ill with some or all of the following symptoms:
Ticks can also carry other diseases such as anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis or Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so the best offense is a good defense aimed at preventing the tick bites that cause the disease in the first place.
To help prevent Lyme disease, people with pets should:
Call Calvert Veterinary Center to discuss tick bite prevention that best suits your individual pet and lifestyle. To keep your pet free of these tick-borne diseases, Calvert Vet is offering one free dose with purchase of six months of flea and tick preventative, or two free doses with purchase of 12 months of flea and tick prevention for the month of April. Calvert Veterinary Center has been serving Pasadena and surrounding communities for 15 years. The office is conveniently located at 4100 Mountain Road in Pasadena. Call 410-360-7297 or visit www.calvertvet.com to schedule an appointment.