Articles: Lyme disease

Pet expert Steve Dale and veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden on tick disease in the fall

Tick Disease is Ecological Havoc

Tick disease remains rampant especially in dogs.  This is the time of year, when you might think as the weather begins to cool that the ticks begin to go away. Actually, fall is when Lyme disease is the most considerable threat for dogs, according to Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist and distinguished professor Kansas State…

CDC Wakes Up: Illnesses from Mosquitoes, Ticks and Fleas on the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now says, illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S., with more than 640,000 cases reported during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.  Nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks were discovered or introduced into the United States during this time. These findings…

Testing Dogs with 4Dx for Tick Diseases and Feline Leukemia Update

Tick disease is an epidemic, agrees Dr, Missy Beall, medical affairs manager at IDEXX. On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show HERE, she explains the importance of screening dogs for tick diseases. It’s a part of the same test we hopefully routinely test for heartworm. The test isn’t a geography quiz, but instead…

Ticks Infect Dogs with Lyme Most in the Fall

Fall is the time of year when ticks post often party on dogs. So while we need often to protect our pets year-round against ticks and tick disease ( particularly Lyme) is most often a threat to dogs in the fall, even moving into winter, according to Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at the Animal…

Lyme Disease on the Rise

Lyme disease is spreading in America. FACT: In most places where Lyme has historically been diagnosed, it has become more abundant. FACT: Geographic regions where Lyme has historically been less prevalent are now seeing the illness far more often as it continues to spread. And, it’s getting worse every year. We know what we know…

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and, as I’ve written about and will continue to write about, experts predict more Lyme in people and dogs in 2017. But, there is good news for dogs:  There are more options for preventing and detecting Lyme (as well as other nasty tick diseases) for dogs than there are for people. In people, testing…

Stop Mice, You May Stop Lyme

Get ready for a record number of cases of Lyme disease this spring, summer, and fall. Gradually, this problem is getting some press. I’ve been writing about Lyme for years now, and even launched the Stop Lyme campaign last year. Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In…

Lyme Disease on the Rise in Pittsburgh

We know for sure that if Lyme disease is occurring more often in dogs, it will appear far more often in people. Far more often because at least a significant percentage of dogs are protected from Lyme with products and/or a vaccine. There is no such protection for people. According to printed reports, around Pittsburgh,…

Ticks Like Kids and Dogs; Preventing Tick Disease

We share much with our dogs,  including susceptibility to tick disease. Veterinary parasitlogists agree dogs are a sentinel for tick diseases. And with every passing year, in the U.S. there’s more and more tick disease. I launched a One Health campaign called Stop Lyme with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Global Lyme Alliance to enhance…

Veterinarian Discusses Stop Lyme Campaign

Veterinary and human medicine have a great deal in common, often dubbed One Health. One very important example is tick disease. Dogs are sentinel for tick diseases, such as Lyme. While symptoms of trick disease in dogs may vary compared to people, tick disease is here and it’s unfortunately becoming more common. Veterinary parasitologists very…

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