Important Lyme Disease Announcement

Dear Friends,

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:

  • Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks carry this bacterium and can facilitate its spread to dogs, humans and other species
  • Common clinical signs of the disease include fever, lethargy swollen joints, lameness and decreased appetite
  • In as many as 90% of infected dogs, clinical signs of Lyme disease will not be readily apparent'
  • In some cases, infection can also lead to kidney failure

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 safe vaccination experience for your dog. This vaccine is unlike any other Lyme disease vaccine on the market. For this reason, when their current Lyme vaccine expires, dogs that have been vaccinated against Lyme disease previously will require an initial series of two vaccinations followed by a yearly booster vaccine. This is to help insure the best possible immunity and protection for your pet.

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 vaccination history.


Dr John Korte and Dr Christina Nemcheck


1. Companion Animal Parasite Council Disease Prevalence map. Accessed 

2. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Lyme Fast Facts. Accessed on 2/26/16.

3. Littman M., Freer H., Labato M., Lappin M., Moore G. ACVIM Small Animal Consensus Statement on Lyme Disease in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention. J Vet Intern Med. 2006; 20: 422·434.

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