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Virginia pet owners - Ticks are well known for spreading Lyme disease, one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world. Lyme is transmitted by hard-shelled deer ticks that feed slowly and pass the infection into your pet two or three days after beginning their meal. Removing these ticks quickly could prevent your pet from being infected.
Pets who have Lyme disease walk stiffly, have difficulty breathing, a lack of appetite, fever and be sensitive to touch. Humans can contract Lyme disease and may show signs including a severe headache and neck stiffness, rashes, joint pain and swelling and facial palsy.
Antibiotics are the only way to treat the disease and sometimes anti-inflammatories are prescribed.
If your dog is outside often in wooded areas, we recommend you talk with us about the Lyme vaccine.