Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by ticks. These tiny terrors are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Maybe like the areas your pets like to sniff around?
Despite what you might have been led to believe, Lyme Disease is found throughout the United States.
Lyme Disease can affect your whole family, not just your pets. You see, Lyme Disease can be transmitted by ticks to pets and people of all ages. It is most common in children and older adults.
You’d be surprised to know just how widespread Lyme Disease is in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the US every year. That’s more than the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year in the US combined!
Early in the infection, Lyme disease may feel like the flu: fever, sore muscles, headache, and fatigue. Some people may develop a highly distinctive rash, which may look like a bull’s-eye. However, many people with Lyme never knew they were bitten and never developed a rash. The CDC reports that rashes occur in 60-80% of cases.
If Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it can spread and may go into hiding in different parts of the body. Weeks, months or even years later, patients may develop problems with the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, heart and circulation, digestion, reproductive system, and skin. Symptoms may disappear even without treatment and different symptoms may appear at different times.
Symptoms in pets may include joint problems, limping, or lethargy.
To help prevent Lyme Disease it is critical to stop ticks from using your pets as a gateway into your home!
That means your pet should have a good tick preventative. Is your pet currently being protected?
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