The threat of Lyme disease will be especially high this year, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s annual forecast. The CAPC forecasts, developed in partnership with Clemson University statisticians, point to the highest prevalence rates of Lyme disease in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, the upper Midwest and isolated areas of the Pacific Northwest, calling for increased monitoring and awareness.
Clinical signs of canine Lyme disease include limping, lymph node swelling, fever, loss of appetite, painful joints, and general lethargy. Treatment with antibiotics usually clear up signs in dogs that have become ill, but veterinarians believe the infection remains for life.
Wonder what the parasite risk is in your state or community? The CAPC provides parasite prevalence maps available by clicking here.
The maps can help you understand the risk of parasites in your home area, as well as potential infestations in areas around the country where you might visit.
Because ticks can be carriers of many diseases, including Lyme disease, it is essential that you visit your veterinarian regularly for check and maintain and parasite prevention year round.
The CAPC bases its parasite forecasts on several factors, including temperature, precipitation, humidity, elevation, forest cover, population density, reported Lyme disease cases and other factors.
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