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How To Protect Your Dog From Lyme Disease

By Species, By Topic, Dogs, Infectious Diseases, Parasites

Dogs are virtual magnets for ticks as they walk/run through the grass and fields. But, you can protect your pet from getting Lyme disease using these two easy fixes.

The first, and most obvious, way is to decrease the incidence of ticks on your pet in the first place. Using one of the many once-a-month tick products is a good way to start decreasing the chances of a tick biting and embedding itself into the skin of your dog. There are many different products on the market so if one product has been unsuccessful, CEDARCREST Animal Clinic can recommend the best product for your pet. Realize that no one product will be 100% successful. A visual examination of your pet for ticks is also always recommended.

The second way to help prevent this devastating illness is to have your dog vaccinated against Lyme Disease. The annual vaccine will have an 85-90% efficacy in protection against Lyme even if the tick protection products allow a tick to attach to your dog. The Lyme vaccine is the simplest, most cost-effective, way to assist in preventing your dog from developing a very devastating disease! Since ticks can carry other diseases in addition to Lyme, tick prevention is still a very important tool in our disease prevention arsenal.

Call CEDARCREST at 540-943-7577 if you have any questions concerning Lyme Disease.

CEDARCREST Animal Clinic provides medical and surgical care for every stage of your pet's life including preventive wellness care exams and vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care for your dog, cat, avian, or exotic. We are home to the only veterinarian practitioner in Virginia to be double Boarded in Avian and Canine/Feline care and provide care for birds, small mammals, and reptiles of all sorts! Plus, we are home to Virginia's most exclusive dog boarding resort that includes heated floors, an expansive play area, and even webcams so you can watch your pet while you're away. We're located in Fishersville, Virginia, and serve Augusta County and surrounding areas including Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg, and Charlottesville. 

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