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Niagara Falls Veterinarian tests for Lyme disease

August 7, 2014

Summertime in Niagara Falls  has brought out some of the creepiest little critters we can imagine!! Of course we are talking about TICKS.  If you’ve never had the unpleasant experience of removing a tick from a dog, cat or human it’s not likely to be long before you do.  Niagara Falls veterinarian Dr. Nicole Denouden has noticed an increase in the number of ticks that we are finding on pets and humans.  With the increase in the number of ticks there is a concern about the increase in Lyme Disease in the region

Lyme’s disease is transmitted to humans and dogs by the bite of an infected tick.  Specifically from the deer tick/black legged tick Ixodes scapularis .  In the Niagara Falls our Niagara Falls  veterinarian has seen a greater number of dogs that are infected with Lyme disease.

Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can be very subtle: Fever, loss of energy, decreased appetite, lameness and limping on one or morel legs and changes in normal behavior/routines.  Early detection screening and treatment of this disease is  essential for preventing serious health risks. Fortunately for your pets our Niagara Falls veterinarian is able to perform a blood test for Lyme disease infection.  At Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital we offer testing to all at risk dogs and can provide vaccines that can help prevent Lyme disease infection. Heartland Niagara Animal Hospital also carries  safe and effective products to help kill ticks so that they cause an infection your canine companion.

We would like to remind all pet owners that Lyme disease is also transmissible to humans through infected ticks. You should check yourself and your pets thoroughly after walking to ensure no unpleasant visitors have been picked up.  Protect your dog this summer and contact us about Lyme disease testing (now included with Heartworm Testing!!), vaccination and tick prevention products.

Contact us today- 905-357-6777 or online at https://niagarafallsanimalhospital.com/veterinarian-appointment/