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October 2014

Lyme Disease - An Emerging Problem For Dogs



It’s the height of summer, which means that mountain trails, bucolic meadows  and forested thickets are beckoning your dog to romp and explore. This impulse may be at odds with concerns about new research on Lyme disease, which may have  you more inclined to restrict your canine companion’s activities to the Great Indoors. Before you put the kibosh on outdoor fun, make sure you know all the  facts about canine Lyme disease. 

According to Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2014 State of Pet Health Report, based  on the medical data from over 2.3 million dogs, incidence of canine Lyme disease  has increased 21% since 2009. As of last year, one in every 130 dogs carries the  disease-causing bacteria.

The risk of Lyme disease depends on where you live. In New England, Lyme disease  rates are much higher than the rest of the country. New Hampshire has the  highest rate of Lyme disease cases, with one in every 15 dogs affected! Compare  this with Washington and Oregon, where only 1 in 1,000 dogs carried the  bacteria.

In the last five years, populations of the two species of ticks that carry  Lyme disease have skyrocketed. As white tailed deer populations have escalated (chiefly due to declines of predator species), so too have the tick species that  feast upon them. This is especially true in states east of the Rocky Mountains.  While much smaller in stature, but just as problematic in the Northeast, the  white footed mouse is another carrier of the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease. Greater numbers of animals that attract ticks translates to an  increased likelihood that pet kids will be bitten.

Lyme disease is caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi.  The bacteria are carried by ticks which transmit the infection when they feed on animals and humans. The disease can cause generalized illness in animals and  humans. Even though about 75% of dogs living in endemic regions are exposed to  infected ticks, only a small percentage develop symptoms.

Lyme disease was first discovered in 1975, when an unusual outbreak of  rheumatoid arthritis occurred in the children of Lyme, Connecticut. In the U.S.  today, it’s the most common disease transmitted to humans by insects, and  perhaps dogs as well. Infections can also occur in horses and cattle … even  cats.

The most common sign of Lyme disease in dogs is arthritis, which causes sudden lameness, pain and sometimes swelling in one or more joints. Other  symptoms include fever, lack of appetite, apathy and swollen lymph nodes. In  severe cases, the infection can lead to kidney failure, which can prove fatal, although this outcome isn’t common (thank goodness).

If your pet kid is diagnosed with Lyme disease, don’t assume that you too are  contaminated. Transmission of the illness from companion animals to humans, or  vice versa, is highly unlikely.

You wear sunblock to prevent sunburns, so why not take preventative measures  to deter ticks? There are many highly effective veterinary products that will  kill ticks before they can transmit the bacteria. Just keep in mind that the  best way to avoid the problem is to steer clear of tick-infested areas,  especially in the spring when young ticks are most active.

After spending time outdoors, do a thorough search for ticks, on both yourself and your companion animals. If you locate any, they should be removed carefully with tweezers, pinching the tick near the head, where they enter the  skin. Researchers have learned that infected ticks must feed for about 24 hours  to transmit the bacteria to a susceptible animal. That means quick removal  greatly reduces the chance of contracting the illness. Fortunately, Lyme disease  is easily treated in dogs with antibiotics.

Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place for companion animals.

Dr Jane Bicks   Dr. Jane Bicks

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Do You Want To Start Jogging With Your Dog?

The unspoken rule is don’t set yourself up to fail. Having a partner for your new endeavors can make a huge difference … but it has to be the right partner. The proposition to just beg off, to postpone until tomorrow, or ‘nah, let’s just go for a coffee instead’ – these statements are murder on any good intentions you may have towards making any real progress.

On the other hand, having a dedicated collaborator for these new activities can go a long way towards your long-term success. Especially if your exercise partner is someone who won’t ask you to procrastinate. How many of your friends could make that claim … that they’ll never, ever be negative and will always go with you, no matter the time of day? Probably not too many. Which is exactly why Dr. Sarah thinks someone already living in your home – namely, your canine companion – could make for one ‘Grade A’ exercise partner.

If you’re serious about getting healthy, don’t miss Dr. Sarah’s six vital steps for starting and maintaining an exercise routine with your dog.



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Happy + Healthy Pets With Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease or renal failure is extremely common in older cats and dogs. In fact, it is not uncommon for most cats and some dogs over the age of 12 to suffer from some form of kidney disease. While routine blood and urine tests can help diagnose kidney disease, unfortunately, by the time our pets show clinical signs, the kidney is already damaged.

Cats and Dogs with kidney disease often times feel ill, lethargic, and may become anorexic. Vomiting and seizures can also result. 

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Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats Recall

Dear Valued PetSmart® Customer,

Loving Pets Corporation has announced a voluntary recall of the following expiration date of Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats due to the potential of mold growth. No other Simply Nourish or Loving Pets treats are affected

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Expiration Date


Simply Nourish Biscotti with Beef & Sweet Potatoes Dog Treats






EXP 02.16


It is recommended that you immediately stop using the specified product and return it to any PetSmart store for a full refund. To receive a full refund, please bring your receipt or a copy of this email to your local PetSmart store. Our store associates can help you find a replacement. If you have any personal or pet health concerns please contact your health care provider or veterinarian. For any additional questions related to this Product Recall please call the Loving Pets Corporation at 1-866-599-7387.

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At PetSmart, we are pet parents too, and care about the well being of you and your pets. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help you and your pet during this time.


Joice Wirkus   Vice President of Retail Marketing

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