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Lyme disease is a major concern for dog owners, especially in the Estrie area. What Sherbrooke resident doesn't enjoy walking their dog in grassy and wooded forest areas? We've compiled a list of some pet owners’ frequently asked questions to help you keep your dog safe from ticks and lyme disease:
Lyme disease is transmitted by deer ticks, and can result in fever, joint pain, fatigue, and general discomfort for your pet. In some cases, lyme disease can progress to kidney failure. While treatment is available, Lyme disease is best prevented.
Vaccination: Because the ticks that carry Lyme disease can be small and difficult to detect on your dog, we strongly recommend protection by annual vaccination against this disease. Remember, the vaccination prevents the disease that is carried by ticks, but does not prevent ticks
Always check for ticks as soon as you are done with your walk. Don't know what a tick looks like? Click here. Make a point to investigate everyone in the family before returning to the car after a hike. If possible, avoid heavily wooded areas or tall grass when walking your pet
Be thorough when looking for ticks: Check in places your pet cannot get at such as the back of the head and neck. Ticks will tend to bury themselves in areas pets cannot reach
Remove any ticks you find promptly and dispose of them properly. See below for proper disposal methods
Tick bites and associated Lyme disease can cause red circular lesions. Tick bites are more often found on the head and neck, rarely on a dog's belly, because ticks usually climb up to the dog's head and neck. However, a dog’s head and neck have more fur, so the bites can be more difficult to see.
Call the Vieux Village Veterinary Clinic right away if you notice the following symptoms: