For 80 years, the Veterinarians at the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic have been serving clients and their pets from Saratoga County and beyond. Now, in our state-of-the-art clinic, we are able to serve you and your pets with even greater ability.
Lyme Disease Prevention March Special
Lyme disease is a serious problem in Saratoga County! We have seen hundreds of dogs that have been infected by this bug. Fortunately, we are not currently seeing this disease in the cat. The disease is spread by the deer tick, a very small, very numerous and very hard to kill creature that is increasing in numbers in the Northeast. The tick is most active in the spring from March to May and again in the fall from September to November, but we see tick bites ALL YEAR LONG. Even in the dead of winter, on a day over 40 degrees, the ticks are actively biting.
Symptoms of Lyme disease are most commonly severe and sudden joint pain which can be in all four legs at once or can shift from one leg to another. We also commonly see fever, loss of appetite and lethargy. Lyme can cause chronic symptoms, but these seem to be much less common than in people. In rare, but very serious cases, Lyme disease attacks the kidneys in a condition called Lyme nephritis which is almost always deadly.
At Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic we take Lyme disease prevention very seriously. There are three aspects of prevention which are all important, they are: year-round topical tick prevention (we think the Activyl Tick-Plus is the best), Lyme vaccination, and finally checking your pet after every outing to look for and remove ticks (we think the O’Tom Tick Puller is the best).
For the month of March we are offering the following incentives to help you prevent Lyme disease in your dog. Come in and check out one, two or all three of these March deals:
1) YEAR-ROUND MONTHLY TICK (and flea) PREVENTION – with Activyl Tick-Plus
Get a FREE O’Tom Tick Puller with the purchase of 12 doses of Activyl Tick-Plus.
In addition to these coupons you also receive the manufacturer rebates – a $15 check for each 6 pack AND a $10 coupon for future Activyl purchases sent to you in 6 months.
2) WE RECOMMEND LYME VACCINATION FOR ALL DOGS – this is an initial series of two vaccines given 2 to 4 weeks apart, then an annual booster for life.
FREE O’Tom Tick Puller with all new Lyme Vaccine series!
3) Yes, your dog can still get ticks when you use the Activyl or any other tick preventative, none of them are perfect, so – PULL ANY TICKS YOU SEE IMMEDIATELY – they need to be attached for at least 24 hours before they can spread the disease, so immediate removal can prevent Lyme disease. The O’Tom Tick Puller makes the job simple.
From all of us at the Ballston Spa Veterinary Clinic, here’s wishing you a happy spring free of ticks and Lyme disease.