Lyme Disease is the most talked about tick virus in the United States carried by black-legged ticks, that affects all sorts of warm-blooded mammals including wildlife, pets and humans. While many know that people can get the tick-borne illness from a tick bite, some are surprised to learn that dogs can have Lyme Disease.
Last year, over 318,000 dogs tested positively for Lyme Disease in the United States. So far in 2019, the numbers have increased over 330,000. Most of the dogs affected with Lyme Disease are from the New England Area and the Midwest - which makes sense since these areas are heavily wooded.
Ticks are a year-round problem; and while not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, some carry other harmful tick infections including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and tularemia.Pet owners will need to groom dogs for ticks after outside activity and take pups to the vet should they spot a tick on the skin.