With the exception of Hudson and Salem Counties, New Jersey is designated a “high risk” state when it comes to Lyme Disease. There were 17,201 new cases reported, among the canine population, during 2017. The CDC classifies ticks as being 2nd only to mosquitoes when it comes to transmitting diseases, both infectious and toxic, to humans as well as pets.
Along with a marked increase in diagnosed cases of Lymes, we’ve begun to see an influx of tick species previously unknown to our geographic area. This raises concerns for transmission of more serious diseases, some of which come with greater treatment complications.
Despite these disturbing trends, breakthroughs in the newest generation of Lyme vaccine give us cause for optimism. Historically, Lyme vaccine targeted two types of protein linked to transmission of the disease. Researchers discovered, however, that to be fully effective, there were additional subcategories of proteins that needed to be addressed. By refining the vaccine’s scope, a broad spectrum of prevention could be safely delivered. The new generation of vaccination, administered in conjunction with a year round preventative, dramatically increased the overall level of protection.
It should be noted that any dog, previously vaccinated, cannot simply be boostered with the new vaccine. Re-vaccination is required. Initially, two doses are given two weeks apart. After that, an annual booster protocol remains the same.
With milder weather approaching, increased outdoor activities mean greater exposure to ticks, and a greater risk of Lyme infection. Your veterinarian can assess your dog’s lifestyle for risk factors, and advise you as to whether this new generation of Lyme Vaccine is right for your pet. Make an appointment now and help reduce some worries associated with outdoor fun! Call us at (732) 671-3110.