If you take your dog(s) for walks in the Pine Bush, you should
be aware of the real danger of your pet possibly contracting
Lyme disease. If your dog is bitten by the deer tick (much
smaller than a regular dog tick) and the tick is fully engorged
for between 24 and 36 hrs, the dog may have been infected.
The pet may test positive but never show any symptoms or symptoms
may present from days to months after having been infected.
Symptoms include lack of appetite, joint pain/arthritis (your
dog may be limping on three legs but have no obvious injury),
fever and vomiting. Antibiotics are usually prescribed and
are often effective in curing the dog within a few days.
Don't presume that your dog is safe because it has been vaccinated
for Lyme disease. Current vaccines have a less than stellar
success rate. Common flea and tick treatments include Frontline
(Fiprinol), a skin-applied drug that needs to be applied
monthly. (So apply at least one month prior to hiking in
the woods with
your pet, and every month there after till winter) It is
only effective once the tick has actually bitten the dog.
drug, Avantix (Permethrin) also applied to the skin, is
for dogs only and has the added advantage of acting as a repellant.
Please consult with your veterinarian for further information