How to Protect Your Pet From Lyme Disease

Cats, Dogs, Infectious Diseases

It’s springtime, which means your pet might be heading outside. This is when it’s good to start thinking about protecting your pet against ticks.

Why Ticks?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to dogs from a tick bite. Several types of ticks can transmit Lyme disease, the most common being the deer tick—common in our area.

How to Tell if Your Dog’s Been Infected with Lyme Disease

Many dogs become infected by the bacterial organism, but fortunately do not develop clinical signs. If they do, the most common clinical signs of infection are lameness and fever. Sometimes the lameness shifts from one leg to the other.

If Lyme disease is suspected, a simple blood test can be performed to determine if the infection is present. Actually each year EMRVC performs a routine check for heartworm and tick infections, one being Lyme disease.

Treating and Preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme infection is commonly treated with the oral antibiotic Doxycycline. Prevention is easy. For that we recommend yearly vaccination, beginning the series as a puppy, and at 6 months of age using the FDA approved medication called Bravecto. Bravecto is just one pill that kills ticks (and fleas) for 12 weeks.

Discounts on Lyme Medication

EMRVC often offers discounts on tick medications. Contact us if you’d like to pick up some medicine for your pet!

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

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Welcome Julia (holding Noah) our new technician and Shannon, our new assistant
Julia has 2 cats (buddy, aussie) and a pitty (lugar). She has a 5 year old daughter and a fiance. She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2012 stating she was passionate long before that!. In her free time I love to scrapbook and help individuals with disabilities.
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Welcome Julia (holding Noah) our new technician and Shannon, our new assistant
Julia has 2 cats (buddy, aussie) and a pitty (lugar). She has a 5 year old daughter and a fiance. She has been involved in veterinary medicine since 2012 stating she was passionate long before that!. In her free time I love to scrapbook and help individuals with disabilities.

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This is why updating your personal information on your pet's microchip account is so important. A neighbor recommended to Tank's Dad that he update the information after adopting Tank. This is the happy reunion because Dad followed that advice!! In honor of National Microchip Month, take a few minutes and update your information with your microchip company today ...

This is why updating your personal information on your pets microchip account is so important. A neighbor recommended to Tanks Dad that he update the information after adopting Tank. This is the happy reunion because Dad followed that advice!! In honor of National Microchip Month, take a few minutes and update your information with your microchip company today

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Because of this post, I went online to make sure Luna and ovi were updated.... they were not and now they are. Thank you for the reminder

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