Tick-Borne Diseases Are a Threat to Your Dog

Be prepared to protect your pet before spring arrives!

What can we do to keep our pets safe all year long from Lyme disease? Get your dog on a tick preventative (these are usually combined with a flea preventative), AND get your dog vaccinated. VIP Petcare has veterinarians ready to protect your pooch against Lyme disease.

1 in 16 dogs test positive for Lyme disease

1 in 35 dogs tested positive for Ehrlichiosis

1 in 30 dogs tested positive for Anaplasmosis

What is Lyme disease?

The most common of tick-borne diseases, Lyme disease is a bacterial illness that can be transmitted to dogs, humans and other animals. The primary carrier is the deer tick or bear tick.

What is Ehrlichiosis?

A bacterial illness transmitted to dogs, humans and other animals by ticks that causes flu-like symptoms. The lone star tick is the primary source of this disease.

What is Anaplasmosis?

Another type of tick-borne disease caused by bacteria transmitted to dogs, humans and other animals primarily caused by bites from the black-legged tick or brown dog tick.

Here are some ways you can protect your pet and family from Tick-borne Disease:

Take caution when taking your dog to areas with tall grasses, thick brush, marshes and woods, as the risk of tick is exposure is extremely high. Tick-borne diseases are a threat to all dogs, cats, and their owners, making prevention key year-round and humans are put at more risk if their pets bring ticks inside homes. For the most comprehensive protection against tick-borne diseases, VIP Petcare recommends a monthly tick preventative and a Lyme vaccine for all dogs who are at a greater risk for tick exposure.

• Use effective prevention every 30 days. By reducing the risk of the tick burden on the pet, tick preventatives reduce the risk of Lyme Disease transmission, but are not 100% effective at preventing the disease without vaccination.

• Get your dog vaccinated at a VIP Petcare operated clinic. We offer a canine Lyme vaccination for dogs who are at risk for exposure to areas with ticks.

• If your pet spends time outdoors, check them daily for ticks. Pay close attention to the head/chin, ears, shoulders, armpits, groin and upper leg areas.

• Use pet approved products. Never spray human tick repellent on your pet as these chemicals are toxic if ingested.

• Get your pet tested. All VIP Petcare operated clinics offer a blood test to detect the presence of Lyme disease and two other common tick-borne diseases.

*Consult a veterinarian if you think your dog may have Lyme disease. The most common symptoms include, fever, lameness, joint swelling, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy and loss of appetite.

Although cats can, and do, get Lyme disease, a Lyme vaccine has not been developed for cats. VIP Petcare recommends a monthly broad spectrum preventative to protect your cat all year round. Please note, tick prevention products intended for dogs ARE NOT safe for cats.

Some examples of broad spectrum preventative for your pet include Nexgard and Revolution. The Seresto collar and Scalibor collar also offer protection from fleas and ticks. When you come to our clinics we give you a prescription for preventative product that is good for a year!

VIP Petcare offers a canine Lyme vaccine for $33 at all clinics, as well as a Heartworm/Lyme combination blood test for $31 (or $15 with the purchase of a vaccination package).

How Pets Contract Lyme Disease

Just as you probably thought, pets can contract Lyme disease the same way humans do; from the bite of a tick infected with the Lyme bacteria. Each region carries different tick species and different climates affect the overall risk.

What are the most common tick-borne diseases in pets?

Not only are ticks a nuisance for your pet, they can cause some real damage if they carry bacteria with them. There are three common tick-borne diseases to understand.

How dogs are affected by tick-borne diseases in your region

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) provides great data each year on how tick-borne diseases impact dogs in each region of the United States.Take a look at your state to see which tick-borne disease your dog is most at risk for contracting.

How do I know if my pet has a tick-borne disease?

Since pets can’t talk to us, they signal with their body language and it can be quite obvious when something is wrong. Tick-borne diseases have their own set of symptoms to look for and a blood test can tell you if your dog has been exposed to common tick-borne diseases such as Lyme, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.