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Lyme Disease on the Rise

Lyme disease is spreading in America. FACT: In most places where Lyme has historically been diagnosed, it has become more abundant. FACT: Geographic regions where Lyme has historically been less prevalent are now seeing the illness far more often as it continues to spread. And, it’s getting worse every year. We know what we know…

Truth About Ticks and Cats

Ticks are far more often groomed off by cats compared to dogs. But even the most fastidious cat can’t get them all, sometimes because of where the ticks hold on, such as on cats’ ears, or the ticks attach just long enough to spread illness. Listen HERE, as Dr. Lea Cohn professor of medicine at…

Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and, as I’ve written about and will continue to write about, experts predict more Lyme in people and dogs in 2017. But, there is good news for dogs:  There are more options for preventing and detecting Lyme (as well as other nasty tick diseases) for dogs than there are for people. In people, testing…

Stop Mice, You May Stop Lyme

Get ready for a record number of cases of Lyme disease this spring, summer, and fall. Gradually, this problem is getting some press. I’ve been writing about Lyme for years now, and even launched the Stop Lyme campaign last year. Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In…

Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices Save Lives

Have you ever felt so terrified that you were going to die? I mean like hanging outside a window 30 stories high or held up at gun point. I suggest this is how a surprising number of our beloved pets feel when visiting the veterinarian. If your pet is perceived as uncomfortable, you will be too,…

Double Defense Multimodal Approach

Mosquitoes are about to get buzzing throughout the country as the weather warms. More than just pesky, mosquitoes can be deadly. Mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for 500,000 infections of malaria daily, not to mention the Zika virus, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, West Nile Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, and others, some likely even unknown,…

Lyme Disease on the Rise in Pittsburgh

We know for sure that if Lyme disease is occurring more often in dogs, it will appear far more often in people. Far more often because at least a significant percentage of dogs are protected from Lyme with products and/or a vaccine. There is no such protection for people. According to printed reports, around Pittsburgh,…

Veterinarians Endorse Double Defense to Protect Against Heartworm; Tick Diseases in Cats and More

Sanford, NC. Veterinary superstar speakers convened on the small town of Sanford, NC (not far from Raleigh Durham) at the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine, November 2. As the Zika virus in people and heartworm in dogs is an increasingly common problem, mosquitoes (which carry both diseases) were a large part of the…

Ticks Like Kids and Dogs; Preventing Tick Disease

We share much with our dogs,  including susceptibility to tick disease. Veterinary parasitlogists agree dogs are a sentinel for tick diseases. And with every passing year, in the U.S. there’s more and more tick disease. I launched a One Health campaign called Stop Lyme with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Global Lyme Alliance to enhance…

Veterinarian Discusses Stop Lyme Campaign

Veterinary and human medicine have a great deal in common, often dubbed One Health. One very important example is tick disease. Dogs are sentinel for tick diseases, such as Lyme. While symptoms of trick disease in dogs may vary compared to people, tick disease is here and it’s unfortunately becoming more common. Veterinary parasitologists very…

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