As a valued member of our practice, we wanted to make you are aware of the prevalence of Lyme disease in dogs is on the rise. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) notes over 250,000 positive Lyme disease cases were reported in dogs in 2015 and this number continues to increase each year. The increasing prevalence of Lyme disease is a concern for dogs and humans alike. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) notes Lyme disease as the most commonly reported vector borne disease in the United States.
Facts about Lyme disease:
Given the increase of confirmed Lyme disease cases we are now strongly recommending Lyme disease vaccination for all dogs as a part of a tick control plan. The plan should also include consistent use of a parasiticide to help kill ticks.
We are now recommending a new Lyme disease vaccine that has been uniquely designed to help provide broad coverage, and a
Your trust in our clinic is the greatest compliment. Please know our recommendation is made with your pet in mind. Contact us for more information or if you have questions regarding your dog's Lyme disease
Dr John Korte and Dr Christina Nemcheck
1. Companion Animal Parasite
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