April is Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month

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Merial is reminding dog owners that April is Prevent Lyme in Dogs Month.

Borreliosis (Lyme disease) is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted by the bite of infected deer ticks. It is the most commonly reported vectorborne disease among Americans and is a serious health concern for dogs, according to Merial.

April was chosen because dogs are at an increased risk for contracting borreliosis during spring and summer.

Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania have reported the highest number of borreliosis-positive dogs in the country, according to Merial, which says infected dogs have been reported in all 50 states. One reason may be that dogs with borreliosis are traveling with their owners and being tested in areas of the country that typically do not have ticks that transmit the bacteria, the company explained.

"Merial wants to work with veterinary professionals to raise awareness for situations that increase the risk of exposure to Lyme disease," said Dr. Andrew Eschner, senior technical services veterinarian for Merial. "We'll offer clinics materials that help educate clients about prevalence and clinical signs of Lyme disease and the importance of vaccination."

For more information on borreliosis in dogs, visit www.LymePrevention.com.