Warning: Lyme Disease and Tick Season Approaching in Ontario [Video from CTV]
We encourage our readers to watch a recent video from CTV News, about tick season coming up in Southern Ontario. Ticks carrying Lyme Disease are on the rise, and both pets and humans can be infected.
As Professor Tara Moriarty from the University of Toronto says in the video: “The projection now is by 2020, 80% of the population in eastern Canada will be living in the habitat of the ticks that transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme Disease.”
Lyme Disease is a serious disease that can be deadly for dogs and seriously debilitating for humans.
Although the video only lists a few parks in Toronto, our readers need to know that Southern Ontario, the GTA, and particularly our area of Mississauga, have been at a high level of risk for ticks and Lyme Disease for the past 4.5 years.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about ticks and Lyme Disease – especially as it relates to human infection. Click here to watch the video on CTV, as it debunks some myths about ticks and Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease Symptoms in Dogs
- Recurrent lameness
- Pain and fever
- Decreased appetite
- Decreased activity
- Swollen lymph nodes and joints
- Sometimes no signs at all, but protein loss through the kidneys
Dogsandticks.com is a good resource to learn more about dogs, ticks, and Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease Symptoms in Humans
Common symptoms include:
- Small rash
- Flu-like symptoms
- Bone or joint pain
- Neurological problems
- Facial paralysis
- Hair loss
- Burning or stabbing sensations in the body
- Unusual depression
- And many more…
We also encourage you to visit the CanLyme website for a full list of human Lyme Disease symptoms. Every case of Lyme Disease can manifest in different symptoms, and those symptoms can mimic other diseases. It’s important to educate yourself about this very real concern.
Lyme Disease Prevention
Prevention can protect you and your pets from ticks and Lyme Disease before you are infected. Talk to your veterinarian about preventive options for your dog, including tick prevention products and a Lyme Disease vaccination.
Clarkson Village Animal Hospital will help prevent ticks from infecting your dog with Lyme Disease. If you think your dog may have Lyme Disease or you’d like to talk about prevention, book an appointment now!
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