The best way to prevent lyme disease is to protect yourself from ticks.
Finally, the weather is getting nicer and we are now spending more time outside.
The sunny skies and warmer temperatures signal spring has arrived-but-it should also serve as a warning to protect yourself and your pet against lime disease. Dr. Cathy Alinovi, from Pet Pals TV, has a special way to describe the ticks that carry lime disease.
"Creepy crawly ticks, kind of have cooties. Well they definitely have cooties if they bite and transmit lyme," Dr. Alinovi.
She said lyme disease is caused by bacteria. Infected ticks spread the bacteria by biting people or animals. The best way to prevent lyme disease is to protect yourself from ticks. Cover up as much skin as you can when you're going to be in wooded or grassy areas. Also use a bug spray that has the chemical deet to repel ticks. Check your pets for ticks after they've been outside.
"Our dogs, we really worry about them. They go in the woods, they pick up some ticks, they bring them home. The ticks can crawl off the dogs and onto us or attach on our dog and infect the dog or infect us," Dr. Alinovi said.
One sign of lyme disease is a red bulls-eye rash at the site of a tick bite. Flu-like symptoms are also very common. Dogs infected with lime disease may become lethargic and limp.
The main treatment for lyme disease is antibiotics. These medicines usually cure lyme disease within 3 weeks.