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for U-S members: 2017 predicted to be *hot!* for heartworm & Lyme. :--(

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by leashedForLife, May 18, 2017.

  1. leashedForLife

    Nov 1, 2009
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    If U're a trainer or an owner, U know the dogs in our lives require time in the Great Outdoors - & that means dealing with biting insects, who aren't picky about whom they bite or what species, so long as they're a mammal with nice rich blood to feed them.
    U can't spend a life inside 4 walls... even tho mosquitoes & ticks make getting out less attractive.

    this is a new tool -
    a predictive map that collates individual data from diagnoses to help track the prevalence of cases, at county level - not region, nor state.
    Unfortunately, it's not good news - heartworm is expected to increase, & Lyme parasites are spreading into new popns of ticks. :(
    This affects not only our dogs, but ourselves - Lyme is a serious illness, easily overlooked or misdiagnosed. The long-term effects can be devastating, especially if the patient is young when infected & goes undiagnosed for years - which happens. // The definitive "bull's-eye rash" is actually very rare.
    take a look at the map, & if Ur area is endemic for Lyme, use preventives,
    check for ticks, & ask about oral baits for rodents, to stop Lyme transmission.

    Lyme Disease Transmission Blocked by New Oral Bait Vaccine in ...
    Mar 3, 2014 -
    white-footed mouse oral bait vaccine lyme disease ... is able to prevent the transmission of Lyme disease by vaccinating white-footed mice.
    Breaking the transmission cycle of Lyme disease | Cary Institute of ...
    Feb 25, 2014 -

    An oral bait vaccine was distributed to white-footed mice. The mice ... Pesticides used alone are not sufficient to prevent Lyme disease. There is ...
    Spraying pesticides to kill some ticks doesn't stop Lyme from moving, animal to animal, & won't stop its spread to new areas. Only oral-vaccination can do that. // Baits can be spread aerially, or put out by ppl on foot.
    Oral vaccination can also sharply reduce the number of cases in endemic areas - which is a ray of hope. :)

    If Ur home-area adjoins a Lyme-endemic area, push state or local legislators to approve funding to distribute the oral-baits. It's the sole long-term strategy to keep Lyme from moving clear to Florida, & across to the Mississippi drainage.
    The north-central states are already a hot-spot to spread it west & southwest.
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