May 1, 2020

Protect You and Your Pet from Lyme Disease

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that is transmitted through tick bites and affects both animals and humans. Since both humans and animals can get Lyme disease, it is referred to as a zoonotic disease. The bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi), is primarily carried and transmitted by the tiny, black-legged deer tick. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause recurring and chronic health problems. This is why it is important to prevent tick bites and if appropriate, vaccinate against the disease.

How to prevent Lyme disease:

As stated above, there are preventative Lyme disease vaccines available, but they may not be recommended for every dog. Please discuss with your veterinarian if vaccination is right for you. If your veterinarian recommends vaccination against Lyme disease, the typical protocol includes an initial vaccination followed by a booster vaccination 2 to 4 weeks later. Annual vaccines are recommended for continued protection.


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