Better health starts with prevention and early detection

There’s a lot you can do to keep your pet safe

One of the first things you can do to protect your dog is to learn about the ticks and diseases in your area. This way you’ll better understand the risks your dog is likely to encounter in his or her daily adventures. At the same time, make an appointment with your veterinarian to talk about preventives, including topical medication, tick collars and vaccines for Lyme disease.

Your veterinarian will also likely tell you that no preventive or vaccine is 100% effective, and you should plan to have your dog tested annually for vector-borne disease. If your dog does test positive, treatment is available to help it live a healthy, long and fulfilling life. Here, you’ll find additional information about checking for and removing ticks, as well as steps you can take to reduce risk around the house.