Ace is a perfect candidate to discuss the importance of tick prevention, being that he is constantly in an environment where he is exposed to ticks. He easily could have gotten lyme disease or a number of other tick-borne illness with all the time he spends outside, yet he’s never had an issue. So, what’s their secret? Janine applies Advantix monthly and can only recall finding maybe one tick on him that was not imbedded, which means the Advantix did exactly what it is supposed to do. She also gives him Heartgard monthly, which is a heartworm prevention that is taken in a chewable treat. He is checked yearly for heartworm, lyme disease, and other tick-borne illness via a blood test called a 4dx, which we have discussed in prior blog posts. Janine also assures all of his vaccinations are up to date on or before their due dates, including the lyme vaccine. Many people ask us about the lyme vaccine – why do we have to do it and can they still get lyme disease is they have the vaccine? The answer is simple – no vaccination is 100% but it does help to prevent lyme disease when giving yearly. If there is any way to prevent the pain and suffering that ticks can bring our pets, then I believe it is worth it to do a yearly vaccine. In addition, lyme disease is treated with an antibiotic called doxycycline which is becoming difficult to come by and costly.
Let Ace be an example to all of us on the importance of yearly vaccines and monthly prevention!
- Post my Michelle W.
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