A recent study, conducted by the Companion Animal Parasite Control (CAPC), there is a significant increase in Lyme disease cases in dogs across the United States and Canada. This disease has become prevalent in states that were low-risk for this tick-borne disease.
This disease has been reported more than usual in the Northwest and in regions of the United States that were not considered endemic.
The study was conducted by analyzing 16 million Lyme disease tests taken on only domestic dogs in the US. The analysis was done from January 2012 and the end goal was to investigate the regional trends in antibody prevalence to B. burgdorferi. Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacterium responsible for causing Lyme disease. The study was published in the “Environmetrics” journal.
The end results of the study suggest that there is an increase in the prevalence of Lyme disease in Maine, Virginia, and West Virginia, northern Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The rise in the occurrence of this disease in dogs means that there is a higher risk for people to get infected. It is very important for your pets to be on tick prevention all year-round, not just the hot months of the year. Also, not going hiking, or living in a gated community does not lower the risk of getting infected with Lyme disease. Ticks are everywhere. Protect your pets in order to protect yourself too.
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