On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new estimates for the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, which was 10 times higher than previously reported.
While the CDC’s newest numbers estimate the number of Americans diagnosed with Lyme disease each year is about 300,000, it's important to remember that pets are susceptible to Lyme disease as well.
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that is carried and transmitted by ticks. It can cause fatigue, fever, joint pain, kidney damage, lethargy, loss of appetite, neurological disorders and trouble walking. Lyme disease is treatable, but as with most problems the sooner it is caught, the better. If left untreated, it is potentially fatal.
Here are some recommendations from the veterinarians at BluePearl Veterinary Partners to ensure your pet is protected:
According to the CDC, 96 percent of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. were reported from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.