A recently published study, conducted by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), showed that Lyme disease is spreading in the US. What is concerning is that the disease is spreading to areas that were not considered at risk before.

The study was conducted from January 2012 until December 2016. Over 60 million Lyme disease tests were analyzed in the period of 60 months. IDEXX provided the serologic data.

This study was intended to investigate the regional trends and the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in dogs. The results of the study showed an increased risk of the disease in endemic areas and regions where the disease was not considered endemic. The study was recently published in the “Environmetrics” journal.

Maltese dog sitting in the grassThe results of the study suggest that the prevalence rates of the disease are rising alarmingly. The prevalence rates are increasing most in the areas where the disease is new. This means that the risk of humans contracting Lyme disease is increasing too. The results of the study suggest all-year-round protection against external parasites for our pets. There are tick species that are active all year.

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