Lyme Disease Awareness Month


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. The disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick. The tick injects spirochetes (bacteria) of Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) into the skin. It takes 24-48 hours of the tick feeding before B. burgdorferi can be passed on to a dog or a human. It does not spread from dog to humans or other dogs. It must pass through the tick.
Occasionally dogs develop a rash around the tick bite. Other signs of Lyme disease include fever, lethargy, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and limping. The disease can cause kidney inflammation, and it can damage the heart and nervous system. Blood tests are needed to diagnose the disease. Dogs are tested yearly at Crestwood Animal Clinic with their yearly heartworm test.
We have had 20 dogs test positive for Lyme disease (10 within the last year). There is a vaccine available for dogs.
We advise all dog owners to have their dog vaccinated for Lyme disease. Dogs vaccinated during May will get to “Pick a Tick” for a chance to win a prize-$20.00 off their next veterinary exam, a stuffed toy, a tick remover, or a tick ID card (while supplies last).
If your pet has a current Lyme vaccination, you can also “Pick a Tick”. Please call 708-396-1014 to schedule vaccination or with any questions.