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Stopping Lyme Disease 5/10/16

Posted at 12:46 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 12:46:45-04

National Pet Week is always the first full week of May, dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year. At the same time, May is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month, when it’s especially important to be diligent about deer ticks and the diseases they spread. Now those pets may be bringing a serious and sometimes deadly disease into your home and the most common problem comes from tick-borne illnesses. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent Lyme disease in pets, so the way to prevent the disease is by monitoring your pets and family, and knowing the symptoms. On May 4th, Dr. Natalie Marks of the Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago, and a Human Medical Health Professional will discuss everything you need to know about the risks of Lyme Disease for your pets and your family. You’ll learn how ticks are more prevalent than ever due to increasing wildlife populations and warmer weather earlier in the year.