Lyme Disease Prevention Tips
Of the many tick-borne diseases that can plague pets, few are more widespread than Lyme disease. Each year, an estimated 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported in the United States, but officials caution that number is likely far less than the total number of cases of Lyme Disease that go unreported each year.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is among the most commonly-contracted tick-borne diseases; however, it is only carried by two tick species: the Blacklegged tick (or "Deer tick") and the Western Blacklegged tick. In the United States, Blacklegged ticks are found in northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states. Western Blacklegged ticks are found on the Pacific Coast. Lyme disease is thus a risk in all of these regions.
Lyme Disease Symptoms and Treatment
Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. In pets, behavioral changes are often the best giveaway. Look for signs of lethargy or changes in eating habits. These may be signs of a Lyme disease infection.
If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. While not typically life-threatening, Lyme disease can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is also used to test for Lyme disease. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Learn more about Lyme disease tick prevention in the following section.
Lyme Disease Tick Prevention Tips for Pets
Though common, Lyme disease can be prevented in large part through the observance of several steps. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent and tick medication when outside, removing ticks promptly and properly, applying pesticides to your property, and reducing tick habitat in your yard. Below, learn how using TickZapper® to remove ticks on your pet can help stop the spread of Lyme disease.
TickZapper®: Your Trusted Tick Removal Tool
As with many other tick-borne diseases, it can often take Lyme disease anywhere from several hours to several days to transmit after an initial tick bite. For this reason, timely tick removal is essential for the safety of your pet. Additionally, improper tick removal can actually expedite the transfer of tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease — which means you'll want to pick a tick removal method that does the job right. TickZapper® is the perfect choice.
Revolutionary TickZapper® is the only tool that removes the entire tick (including mouthparts!) – quickly, easily, and safely – without risk of human contact! Using TickZapper® takes only seconds and greatly helps reduce the risk of Lyme disease transmission to your pet. To use, simply grab the tick with your TickZapper®'s ergonomic jaws, hit the STUN button to stun the tick into loosening its hold, pull gently, and trap the tick in your TickZapper®'s tick chamber. Within seconds, you will have a tick-free pet.
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