CANINE HEALTH ALERT...CANINE HEALTH ALERT...CANINE HEALTH ALERT...
THREE MORE CASES OF LYME DISEASE DETECTED SINCE JULY 4TH WEEKEND!
NEW LYME DISEASE VACCINE WITH BETTER PROTECTION
We recently sent an e-mail regarding the increase in the tick population this year, with suggestions for preventive products against tick bites. With this increase in ticks, our veterinarians at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital have unfortunately seen increasing numbers of Lyme Disease since the Spring. The number of positive cases now totals 35. Dogs in later stages have suffered with a range of symptoms including fever, lack of appetite, lameness, and joint swelling. In the third stage of Lyme Disease, the brain and heart can also be affected. Due to this frequency so early in the season and the fact that there is a new, more effective Lyme Disease vaccine, we want to give you every opportunity to be sure your dog is protected before Lyme Disease becomes a problem for your dog.
With the support of our pharmaceutical vendors, we will be holding Lyme Disease Vaccine Clinics. Your dog can be vaccinated at a reduced rate and get protection before the tick season becomes fully evolved. As with any new vaccine, two doses of this vaccine are required to build up your dog’s immunity. The vaccines are given 2 – 4 weeks apart. After the initial series of two vaccines to build up your dog’s immunity, the vaccine is given once annually. If your pet has any other needs, we will ask you to schedule another appointment. The doctor attending the clinic will not be able to address any other issues during this time.
Everyone at the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital wants you to enjoy your pets this Summer. Let us help you keep them healthy and reduce the risk and heartache of tick-borne illnesses with these simple preventive measures: Please call our office today to take advantage of the Lyme Disease Vaccine Clinic, and remember to pick up a flea and tick preventive to help prevent other tick-borne diseases such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrilichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Cytauxzoon Felis, and Rickettsia.
Our vaccine clinics are scheduled and we are already booking very quickly, so please call today to protect your dog now!
Thank you from the Doctors and Staff of the Ridgewood Veterinary Hospital