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Be checking farm dogs and cats for lyme disease.

Dustin's puppy Beretta. Photo by: Vanessa Hoffmann

Often, we take the time to talk about the health of your livestock. We worry about the latest diseases, treatments and medicines available to your cattle, hogs, horses and poultry. We cannot forget they are not the only animals on your farm whose health depends on you.

Spring has finally arrived in Iowa. Along with the coming of the warmer weather, ticks are becoming more active. Ticks bring along their old friend, Lyme Disease.

Dogs and Cats are a prime target for the tick-borne illness. Lyme disease has been found in all 50 states. But there is a silver lining. For the disease to be passed, the tick must be attached for at least 24-48 hours. So daily checks are the best defense.

However, if your critter does become affected, there are warning signs:

  1. Loss of appetite.
  2. Change in mood.
  3. Difficulty walking.
  4. Fever.
  5. Swollen lymph nodes.

Do not fret if a vet diagnoses your pet with Lyme disease. Treatments are very effective. So, this spring while you check the livestock, take a moment for the health of your farm dogs and cats.