It was once held true that deer ticks carrying the Lyme organism were in the Northeastern part of the United States. However, over time there has been significant migration to the Southeast and new cases of Lyme exposure are being documented much more often. Due to this fact, it is wise to protect against Lyme disease even in the Southeast.
Prevention can occur in several ways. First and foremost, there is a Lyme vaccine that prevents the transmission of the Lyme organism to your dog were it to be bitten by an infected tick. This is a yearly vaccine and would initially require a booster after the first vaccine is administered. This is the best option for a dog who has never been exposed to the Lyme organism. If your dog is not vaccinated against Lyme, please speak with your veterinarian about this potential preventative vaccine.
Additionally, there are numerous methods to prevent tick bites that may carry many other serious tick-borne diseases. These preventative measures include, collars, topicals, and oral products to decrease the risk of tick bites and tick borne disease. Often the choice of further tick prevention is based on individual preference and the lifestyle of your pet.
At The Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt, we offer a selection of tick prevention that is best suited for you and your dog’s lifestyle. Some of these products include: Effitix (monthly topical), Simparica (monthly oral tablet), and Bravecto (a 2 to 3 month oral product).
If you are interested in further information about tick prevention or the Lyme vaccine, don’t hesitate and please, call us today. We will be happy to assist you and your furry friend.