Dog Lovers in Michigan Need To Watch Out For Lyme Disease- Interview

Dog Lovers in Michigan Need To Watch Out For Lyme Disease- Interview

Lyme disease affects both animals and humans, however, it is one of the most common tick-borne illnesses transmitted to dogs. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterial infection carried by a specific type of tick, commonly known as the deer, or black-legged, tick.

We’re only at the beginning of the 2022 season

but the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) predicts Lyme disease to be a high threat and will continue to expand throughout the country this year.

Experts say the challenge for dog owners is that the disease can be difficult to detect because of the small size of ticks that cause the disease. In fact, owners are often shocked when their dog tests positive for Lyme disease because they don’t ever remember seeing a tick.

Some symptoms of Lyme disease

that dog owners should be aware of may include arthritis (an inflammation of joints), with visible symptoms of lameness (an inability to properly use one or more limbs), and limping. Left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to damage in the kidneys, nervous system, and heart.[1]

One of the best strategies for owners in protecting their dogs against Lyme disease is to prioritize proactive prevention, including vaccines and preventative treatments because deer ticks that can carry Lyme disease are a threat throughout the near – not just in cooler months.

Join me in a recent interview with Dr. Chris Adolph,

a parasitology board-certified veterinarian with Zoetis Inc., and a leader in global animal health, who was able to discuss the growing threat of Lyme disease in dogs. Dr. Adolph also talked about the future of pet health and offer the best strategies to prevent Lyme disease in dogs.

See the entire interview here:  Lyme Disease – Michigan Mama News – YouTube

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration

has recently approved a new label indication of a treatment that is the first and only combination product demonstrated to prevent infections that may cause Lyme disease by killing deer ticks. At the same time, it also includes protection against heartworm disease, fleas, roundworms, and hookworms.

For more information, go to


Chris Adolph, DVM, MS

Diplomate, ACVM-Parasitology

Senior Veterinary Specialist (Parasitology)

Zoetis Petcare

Dr Adolph received his D.V.M. degree in 1996 from Oklahoma State University.  After a year and a half as an associate veterinarian, Dr Adolph was a practice owner for 17 years. During his time as a practice owner, He developed a special interest in parasitology and practice management.

Dr. Adolph Joined Zoetis as a full-time employee in Feb 2015 as a veterinary specialist.  He now serves as a senior veterinary specialist at Zoetis PETCARE.


Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. Simparica Trio contains sarolaner, a member of the isoxazoline class, which has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, ataxia, and seizures in dogs with or without a history of neurologic disorders.

The safe use of Simparica Trio has not been evaluated in breeding, pregnant, or lactating dogs. The most frequently reported adverse reactions in clinical trials were vomiting and diarrhea. See full Prescribing Information at

Interview and photos courtesy:  Zoetis Inc.

Cynthia Tait

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