Did you know that Lyme disease is only one of the diseases transmitted through tick bites? In the northeastern United States, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Babesia and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have all been reported as well. While a Lyme vaccine is available for your dog, there are no vaccinations for the other tick borne illnesses. The Lyme vaccine is about 85% effective and is recommended in dogs who have a lifestyle that puts them at an increased risk. More importantly, applying a good-quality tick preventative every month year-round is the most effective way to prevent these diseases. Also, check for and remove ticks from your dog every time there may have been exposure. Make sure you use tweezers to remove the entire tick and avoid using your fingers.
Sweet Pea came to me one day in my yard. I found her sitting under my holly tree. She wouldn't come to me so I had to trap her. I put her in a dog cage and we got to know each … [Read Full Story >]