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Alarming Rise in Canine Lyme Disease

Published on April 2, 2015

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33% Increase in Lyme Positive Dogs

Last year, more than 14,845 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in the state of Virginia.  Here in Fairfax County, Virginia we saw a 33% increase in Lyme positive dogs.  The good news is that a simple plan for your people and pet family members can help everyone stay healthy:

  1. Regularly use tick prevention products on your dog – Pender veterinarians recommend Nexgard, a once-a-month chewy that kills ticks (and fleas too).
  2. Check your dog and yourself for ticks after walking in parks, playgrounds or wooded areas – and teach your children to do the same.
  3. Unlike in people, there is an effective Lyme vaccine for dogs. This is an annual vaccine, so make sure your dog is vaccinated every year.

Feel free to read additional information from our Chief Medical Director, Dr. Jody Clarke below:

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