If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis, joint problems and a variety of other ailments that aren’t responding to treatment or therapy from your veterinarian, Canine Lyme Disease may be to blame. Here in the U.S. there are four(4) tick diseases that can infect your beloved pooch. These are Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and YES Lyme Disease. Each of these illnesses can wreak havoc on our health and the health of our pet as well. Along with disease, ticks can actually cause dangerous disorders such as Anemia in your dog as well.
According to the Baker Institue for Animal Health at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Lyme Disease occurs in dogs and, to a lesser extent, in horses, cattle, and cats. In addition, many wildlife mammals and birds can become subclinically infected and serve as a reservoirs for the disease. During the 1980s Lyme Disease incidence in dogs and humans has increased dramatically. Known as the most common arthropod-borne disease of humans in the United States, and one of the most common in dogs.
Symptoms indicating your dog may have a tick-borne illness can include a loss of appetite, lethargy and depression, pain, diarrhea, vomiting, edema in the extremities, hemorrhaging, neurological disorders such as seizures, and even death.
Lyme disease, in particular, is an area of concern for residents here in Central Maryland. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) charts the occurrences and progression of Canine Lyme Disease through Parasite Prevelance Maps which are provided by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC). These innovative maps are used in a new study by the CDC to predict which regions are at a greater risk of outbreaks of the disease. By keeping up with the information on canine occurrences in an area the CDC can pinpoint which areas are most vulnerable and better warn the citizens of that area to protect themselves, and their pets, against ticks that may be potential carriers of the disease. According to the CAPC, 1 out of 12 dogs tested in Howard County, MD, during 2014 tested positive for Canine Lyme Disease, and 1 out of every 13 in Montgomery County.
It is smart to have your veterinarian advise you on the best tick protection for your dog, it is also a must to exercise tick safety during tick season. Even more important is to treat the areas where ticks thrive because even the best laid plans that include spot-on canine tick treatments can falter and put your dog at risk. The best way for pet owners and non-pet owners to keep their loved ones safe from the risks of tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease, is to take control of your property by keeping overgrowth, debris and brush to a minimum. In addition to mowing and landscape cleanup it is also important to have your property treated by a licensed tick control professional as another line of defense in reducing the risk of coming into contact with a potentially infected tick.
Mosquito Squad of Howard & Montgomery County MD is waging war on the source of Lyme Disease. We offer a dual defense program which includes tick tubes in conjunction with our seasonal barrier spray to keep you tick free all season. Our highly effective barrier spray eliminates adult ticks while tick tube implementation applied twice per season eliminates the nymph tick, snuffing out disease at its source! Our perfect pairing of tick control programs keeps tick out of sight and out of mind.
Contact us today to learn more about our tick control program, along with our mosquito and stink bug control program. Our service allows you and your family (including your pets) carefree enjoyment all season long! You can reach us by phone at (301) 926-3001, or via email at montgomery-county.mosquitosquad.com.