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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is an infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by deer ticks and can infect many different animals, including dogs, cats, and humans.

How does my pet get Lyme Disease?
An infected female deer tick can cause an infection when she bites and feeds on your pet. Currently, there is a bit of a disagreement as to how long the tick must be feeding before your pet can become infected, but it can range from 5 to 50 hours.

What happens once my pet is infected?
It can take quite a while before an individual starts to show symptoms of the disease (some individuals never show any signs). Once infected, the bacteria move through the bloodstream and ends up in areas of the body such as joints, muscles, tendons, skin and the heart. Once there, the bacteria cause an immune response, which in turn causes lameness, fever, and pain.

How do I protect my pet?
The only way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent ticks from feeding on your pet. There are many different types of prevention you can use, including sprays, collars, powders, topical treatments, and pills. There are tests your veterinarian can run to check for Lyme disease, and regular testing is recommended in areas where deer ticks are found. If we can catch infections early, we greatly increase the chances of successful treatments.

What other things can I do to help my pet?
In places where deer ticks are present, avoid areas with long grass/dense vegetation and perform daily checks looking for ticks on your pet. If you do find a tick, remove it as quickly as possible in a safe manner if you are uncomfortable removing the tick, or do not know how – take your pet to your veterinarian. Also, there is a Lyme vaccine available that will help protect your pet.

Talk to your vet, they are trained to assess your pets individual risks and needs and will recommend the best preventative measure for you.

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Lyme Disease

What is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is an infection caused by bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by deer ticks and can infect many different animals, including dogs, cats, and humans.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Elgin Animal Hospital