Ticks Love Dogs in the Fall with Dr. Michael Dryden


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Dr. Michael Dryden

Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of Veterinary Parasitology, in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University says right now – in the fall – is the time when ticks most often transmit Lyme disease to dogs. Spring and summer are the most common times for people to be infected, but due to lifestage changes in the deer tick, it’s about the time those leaves are changing colors that dogs are most susceptible without proper protection.

On my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, Dr. Dryden notes that dogs are a sentinel for Lyme disease.

To be clear, though, we don’t get tick disease directly from dogs – but from the ticks in the environment. If the ticks are out there, dogs will be infected and that’s a heads up that we will be too.

Dr. Dryden explains that we can do more to protect our dogs from disease compared to us. We talk about various products and the vaccine for Lyme too.