Fast facts

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An infected tick can spread Lyme disease in 24-48 hours1

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Adult deer ticks are active in fall and winter; larvae and nymphs are active in spring and summer, making disease risk year round2

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Track the spread

See the prevalence of Lyme across the U.S. Check out the latest data at CAPC.

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Dogs at risk

Anytime dogs are outside they can be at risk for tick bites, including hiking, camping or even spending time in the backyard.3

Pet owners may think their dog isn’t at risk if they’re only walking along paved trails, but even stopping to sniff or brushing against foliage can bring unwanted pests like ticks.

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Areas where deer ticks like to live:

Deciduous forest, leaf litter, moist coastal conditions

Forests or heavily wooded areas


Marshy areas

Places near rivers, lakes or oceans

Clinical signs and symptoms

Lyme disease can be difficult to diagnose and treat. Long-term effects can also occur, like arthritis or kidney failure. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Joint swelling
  • Lameness
  • Decreased activity
  • Excessive drinking or urinary accidents

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See the canine vaccines proven to protect against Lyme disease.

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References :

1.Kidd and Breitschwerdt (2003). Transmission Times and Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs. Compendium, 25 (10), 742-751.

2.Blagburn and Dryden (2009) Biology, Treatment, and Control of Flea and Tick Infestations. Vet Clin Small Anim 39 (2009) 1173–1200 DOI:10.1016/j.cvsm.2009.07.001.