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.
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.
Clinical signs of dog and cat Lyme disease include limping, lymph node swelling, fever, loss of appetite, painful joints, and general lethargy. Treatment with antibiotics usually clear up signs in cats that have become ill, but veterinarians believe the infection remains for life.
Because ticks can be carriers of many diseases, including Lyme disease, it is essential that you visit your cat’s veterinarian regularly for checkups and maintain parasite prevention year round.
The CAPC bases its pet parasite forecasts on several factors, including temperature, precipitation, humidity, elevation, forest cover, population density, reported Lyme disease cases and other factors.