In West Michigan, Lyme is disease is rapidly on the rise. Lyme disease can affect dogs and cats as well as humans. It is transmitted by the blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick. The most common areas for deer ticks to reside is in heavily wooded areas, although this may no longer be true. Deer ticks have been found all over, including grassy areas like your backyard. There are precautions you can take to protect your furry friends from ticks and tick-borne diseases.
- Make sure your pet is on a flea and tick prevention that is approved by your veterinarian.
- Ask your veterinarian about vaccination against Lyme disease.
- Frequently brush/groom your pet so if they have an attached tick, it can be removed as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions about Lyme disease and your pet, please do not hesitate to call our office at 616-396-7420 or 616-399-2540.