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Tick Talk! Lyme Disease & Beyond

EAST GREENBUSH - Doctors and staff of the Nassau Veterinary Clinic, and directors of the Lyme Action Network will host a discussion about tick-borne diseases and how they affect pets and people Tuesday night.

"There's an alphabet soup of tick borne diseases, so it is important to discuss prevention," says Dr. Carolyn Sanford, a Nassau veterinarian.

Vets say they generally see a spike of tick bites in the spring starting in March, but things are starting a little later than normal this year. They tell us right now, New York State is a hot bed of tick borne diseases, and Columbia-Rensselaer County is among the highest areas in the nation with the problem.

"You really don't have to go far, you could be in your own lawn, you don't necessarily have to be out in the woods or doing anything unusual," says Dr. Sanford.

Vets say if your pet starts to cry or whimper, check for swollen joints, and also pay attention to their energy levels. If your pet starts to act extra sluggish around the house, they should be brought into your veterinarian to be tested right away.

Unlike physicians, vets say they have Lyme vaccines and surveillance to help with early detection and treatments, but in order to prevent tick bites, vets recommended monthly parasite prevention products, like Advantix .

The event will be at the Comfort Inn & Suites in East Greenbush, Tuesday night at 7, and it is free and open to the public.
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