Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by ticks. Found in all fifty states, it’s most common in the northeast and upper midwest. In some areas, as many as forty percent of dogs exhibit antibodies against the disease – indicating that they’ve been exposed, even if they have not become sick.
Susan Little, Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at Oklahoma State University, says it’s important to not only use tick-control products year-round, but also avoid tick-infested areas as much as you can.
Little states, “no product can control against all the possible thousands of ticks that a dog could encounter in a heavily infested area.”
You may also want to consider asking your veterinarian about the Lyme Disease vaccine.