For the last 6-8 years we have diagnosed Lyme positive dogs with mild symptoms that have responded well to treatment. This year circumstances have changed. As of October 2016 we have diagnosed 26 cases of Lyme disease and a few resulted in mortality. This is a big change – Wisconsin and Minnesota have been a virtual hot bed for Lyme. Infected ticks from these states have arrived here on migratory birds, such as Geese.
For the first time we are suggesting you consider vaccinating your dog with the Lyme vaccine. The original series is two vaccines given approximately 3 weeks apart. To make them affordable we have negotiated a deal with Boehringer Ingelheim, vaccine manufacturer, to receive 1 free dose of Lyme vaccine with every 1st dose. The initial vaccine will cost $42.50 and the second dose will be free. The vaccine will need to be boostered one time each year after that to continue to be protective.
Deer ticks traditionally transmit Lyme in the early spring. We are making a strong recommendation for all dogs that spend any amount of time outdoors to get vaccinated before spring.
If you decide not to vaccinate, we suggest you take measures to protect your dog from ticks using one of many products effective against the deer tick.
If you have any questions about Lyme disease or would like to vaccinate your dogs against this disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (269) 963-9347.