May is Lyme disease awareness month, so we've put together a few notes and some suggestions of how you can keep your pets, your family and yourself safe.
1. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases.
2. It is caused by a bacteria that is transmitted through a bite from an infected tick.
3. It takes 8-48 hours for the tick to transmit the bacteria – which means if you remove the tick quickly, you stand a good chance you won’t get infected. Checking your dogs, your kids, and yourself is very important.
4. Birds, squirrels, mice, deer and dogs can all carry ticks.
5. Lyme Disease can affect people, dogs and, occasionally, cats.
6. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics.
7. The best protection from ticks is prevention.
We suggest using TickLess™ year round to protect yourself and your pets, and carrying a TickPick on your keychain, so if you do find one, you can safely remove it.