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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease? Veterinarians are asked this question regularly.  It is a very serious disease.  Please contact us to learn about how your pet can be protected.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted  to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks.  Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent  Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

To read more, go to: (http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/transmission/index.html)

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