Local veterinarians seeing an increase in tick-borne illnesses among dogs
HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – If you have a pet at home, you might want to keep reading, as local veterinarians are seeing an increase in tick-borne disease in our four-legged friends.
Doctor Gene Smith at Appalachian Animal Hospital says during the last three years numbers have increased dramatically with three specific diseases.
“Well, what we have seen is a dramatic increase of dogs that we have that are testing positive for Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis as well as anaplasmosis,” said Smith. “We are getting natural tick reproduction plus we are getting some tick eggs imported black-legged ticks, brown dog ticks, Lonestar ticks.” (See link for article and video)
Great reminder that pets are often a gateway to human illness: