Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nasty Little Buggers

We just crossed into spring officially but I can tell you that for weeks, pet owners have been finding ticks on their dogs and cats.

Northeast PA is the Lyme disease capital of the US according the CDC. That means you and your pets are at risk.

This article from the Wall Street journal discussed the concern about this upcoming spring, summer and fall, as we had such a mild winter, the tick population has exploded. Add that in with the increased traveling that owners do with pets and you have a recipe for spreaking all sorts of tick burne diseases across the states.

The one thing this article doesn't mention is that we can prevent a lot of Lyme by vaccination and by veterinary prescribed topical products.  In fact, though this doesn't give us 100% protection, what it does is result in a much less sick animal should they acquire an active Lyme infection. They might be a little "off" or not even clinical at all versus the truly "down (as in cannot walk)" febrile very sick patients we see that are unvaccinated.

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