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Protecting Your Pet From Lyme Disease

May 1 2021

Did you know that Lyme disease is on the rise. As you may know, Lyme disease is spread by ticks, which are also on the rise. It can affect both people and pets. A McHenry, IL vet offers some advice on protecting your pet from Lyme in this article.

Parasite Control

First and foremost, keep up with Fido’s parasite control products. There are many options for these, including topical drops and oral medications. Your vet can help you decide which one is best for you and your furry friend. In this area, we generally recommend keeping pets on these products year round.

Tick Control

There are also some things you can do to make your property less appealing to ticks. Ticks like to lurk in grasses and brush, so simply mowing your grass will help. You may also want to trim back overhanging limbs and cut back any hedges that touch the walls of your house. Otherwise, you’re offering the ticks easy entry. Putting a three-foot wide gravel border along the edge of your house will also help. Ticks often turn back at these barriers, as they don’t like being directly exposed to sunlight.

Tick Checks

If you take your canine buddy out into the woods, check him thoroughly when you get back. Don’t forget to look under his collar and between his toes. If you do find a tiny monster, gently remove it with tweezers or a tick puller. Ticks need to be attached for 24 hours to spread disease, so be diligent about these checks. Don’t forget to check yourself over, too!


There are vaccinations available for Lyme disease for dogs. (There aren’t any approved for kitties just yet.) These may not be recommended for every pooch. However, if you live in a woodsy area, or visit them often, your canine pal may need the protection. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Knowing The Signs

It’s also important to know the signs of Lyme disease in pets, so you know what to look for. These include fever, reduced appetite, stiff or swollen joints, lameness, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, and withdrawal. Contact your vet right away if you notice any of these warning signs.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your McHenry, IL animal clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care!