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Posted on 03-28-2016

In the Lyme light: 

Lyme Disease Prevention at Animal Care Associates!

Lyme disease, named for the town in Connecticut where it was first identified in 1975, is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites, making reliable tick-prevention products an extremely important aspect of pet care. 

Symptoms of Lyme disease may not appear for 2-5 months after a tick bite, and include fever, loss of appetite, lameness, and joint swelling.  Joint inflammation can last for several weeks and may travel from one extremity to another.  The length of time from transmission to appearance of symptoms may make arriving at a diagnosis difficult since the owner may not associate the tick bite with current symptoms.  

The bacterium that causes Lyme disease-Borrelia burgdorferi- can be detected through a blood test performed at a veterinary office.  A course of antibiotics usually provides effective treatment for pets that test positive for Lyme, but follow-up is important as more than one course may be necessary to completely eradicate the disease.  Prevention is the best course of action.  The veterinarians at Animal Care Associates can provide Lyme disease vaccines and effective, reliable tick prevention products.  Tick prevention comes in a variety of forms, such as pills, collars, and spot-on treatments so that clients can choose what best suits their lifestyle and their pet’s comfort.

Lyme disease is not transmissible from animal-to-animal, or animal-to-humans.  However, if one pet tests positive, it is a good idea to test others because they may have been exposed to ticks at the same time.  Family members may want to consult their physicians also, because ticks bite people, too.  In humans, the most common first symptom is a “bulls-eye” rash, followed by fever, malaise, and migrating joint and muscle pain.

The veterinarians at Animal Care Associates are always up-to-date with the latest information on Lyme disease prevention and treatment!

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Animal Care Associates will no longer be seeing patients on Saturdays. 

Beginning on  May 19th Animal Care Associates will no longer have doctor hours on Saturday.  We will remain open  for boarders only. Unfortunately we will no longer have veterinarians available to see patients on that day.   

We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please call our office at 304-344-2244

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Day Open Closed
Monday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3:00pm to 6:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm 3:00pm to 6:30pm
Saturday No doctor hours
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