There is new data from the Companion Animal Parasite Council showing an increase in the prevalence of Lyme disease in Polk County, including the Des Moines area.
CAPC Parasite Prevalence Maps show this to be the case.
Lyme disease isn’t just a disease of country dogs. It is very prevalent in the inner cities, rural areas and it’s in your back yard. Lyme disease is transmitted to your pet through an infected tick bite. It takes only seconds to transmit the disease once bitten. Lyme disease causes swollen, painful joints and if left untreated can cripple your pet. Lyme disease is also transmittable to humans through an infected tick bite. Keep your pet on a quality name brand flea and tick product purchased only from your veterinarian. Over the counter products are not always guaranteed and often cause serious side effects and death in some instances.
Prevention is key…so protect your pet through a Lyme Vaccination and appropriate topical flea and tick products.
View the CDC CAPC Parasite Prevalence Maps email
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