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Certain tick species carry and transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Many people may develop a rash, fever, headache, and muscle or joint pain. Animals can transit Lyme disease to humans, but not directly. Ticks may carry Lyme disease and are very small and hard to see.
In dogs, many cases start with limping, lymph node swelling, fever, loss of appetite, lethargy or painful joints. Most dogs do not show signs for 2-5 months post infection. Lyme vaccinations and tick control products are available at Blue Grass Veterinary Hospital. Is your dog protected?
Embedded ticks should be removed with a fine-tipped tweezers and the skin cleaned with a topical antispectic after removal. You can reduce the number of ticks around your home by removing leaf litter, brush and wood piles.
It helps to know your risk factors. Do you spend time in wooded or grassy areas? Is your dog outdoors during the peak tick season? Does your dog live in or visit Lyme endemic areas?
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