Ticks, Lyme Disease, and the Risks to Your Pet

BeverlyHills_iStock_000011902691_Medium (1)In Michigan and other parts of the Midwest and Northeast, we are literally crawling with ticks. Those who like to spend time outdoors with their dogs understand the high prevalence of these Lyme disease carrying pests.

And, while there is no fool-proof way to evade the tiny invaders, there are some precautions you can take to protect yourself and your pooch from the risks.

The first place to begin is education and awareness.

Talking About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne illness in the US, is an infection transmitted by the deer tick – specifically, the subspecies Ixodes scapularis. Lyme disease affects humans, of course, but also our dog companions and is becoming a much greater problem over the past 10 years.