I want to talk to you about Lyme (and not the fun kind that goes well with a drink). In our clinic alone we have tested two ticks from different patients that were diagnosed as Lyme positive in the last two weeks. Two patients in one week! These weren’t pets who have traveled to Lyme positive “hot spots” either, they hadn’t even left the Kitchener/Waterloo area.
As winter seems to be just around the corner we seem to be more relaxed around those diseases spread by insects because most insects either die or make themselves scarce when it gets cold. Unfortunately for us, Deer Ticks, the ones who spread Lyme disease, are at their most active in the fall! The adult stage Deer Tick actually begins its feeding activity around the time of first frost (or early-mid October), and it will latch onto any larger warm-blooded specimen (from cats to humans) any day that the temperature is near or above freezing.
However, dogs are lucky though because these ticks need to be attached for at least 48 hrs before they begin transmitting any infection through their saliva, unlike us who only need them to be attached for 24 hours. This is why flea and tick preventions are so effective because they are able to kill those ticks within hours of being attached which 1. prevents them from passing on Lyme disease and 2. prevents them from bringing those extra little critters into your home. So remember, even in the fall it is especially important to check your furry friends and yourself for any new lumps and bumps that may feel as innocent as a skin tag. Be conscientious and make sure you and your loved ones are protected. If you have any questions about prevention options do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!