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Protecting Their Wild Side: Lyme and Leptospirosis Awareness

May 26, 2017

As the days get warmer we will be spending more and more time in the great outdoors with our canine companions. It's a great form of exercise and a wonderful time to bond with our pets. But with more time outdoors, there are increased risks pet owners need to keep in mind to protect their pet's health. 


Leptospirosis

 

The leptospirosis vaccine protects against the leptospirosis bacteria, which is transmittable from dogs to humans. The disease tends to be carried in the urine of wildlife and dog can come into contact with the bacteria through contaminated urine, water, and soil. Symptoms of this disease are fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, depression, stiffness, muscle pain and inability to have puppies. If left untreated it can eventually cause kidney and liver failure, ultimately leading to death. Any mammal, including humans, can contract this disease. This vaccine is administered once and then boostered a second time a few weeks later, and then administered on a yearly basis after that. 

Lyme Disease

 

A disease previously associated with the Northeastern United States, Lyme disease has been slowly traveling to the South, with confirmed cases in South Carolina. The disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted through tick bites and can cause severe muscle pain, lethargy, sensitivity to touch, and lack of appetite. Rarer symptoms include neurological and cardiac complications. The Lyme vaccine is administered once, boostered a second time a few weeks later, and then administered on a yearly basis. 

Regularly administered tick prevention also prevents Lyme and other tickborne illnesses. 


Staff Testimonials: Samantha Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

Being from the north, the Lyme vaccine was always a part of our pets' core vaccines. I have seen humans, horses, and dogs all become infected by Lyme Disease and it is an awful disease that is never fully cured in some cases. Upon hearing that Lyme is starting to make its way down south and knowing that my dogs live and play in wooded areas,  it was a no-brainer for me to vaccinate them. I also keep all of my pets current on their tick prevention. For peace of mind, I use a chewable tablet that is long-lasting. By doing the combination of the vaccine and the tick prevention I can ensure that my pets are getting the most protection I can offer them.

 

 

 

 

Staff Testimonials: Marie Bacon 

 

As an avid hiker with an autoimmune disorder, protecting myself and my dogs from Leptospirosis is absolutely vital. We live in and frequently hike in wooded areas where wildlife such as deer, skunks, squirrels, etc, can infect the soil and water. My dogs can get into anything when we're outside and vaccinating them gives me peace of mind for their health as well as mine. 

 

 

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