Brooklyn Bark Talks

It's Fall, the Calendar is "Ticking" -  here's what you need to know about ticks and your dog

As the weather cools, many reinvigorated Barkers are heading to the hiking trails with their pups.  Disease bearing ticks have been there all summer - actually they have become year 'round scourges in the Northeast.


Brooklyn Bark caught up with Dr. Chris of North Slope Veterinary who shares that he gets questions from patients about ticks all year. 

Brooklyn Bark:  Are there ticks in Brooklyn? Do they spread disease?

Dr. Chris:  Yes, there are ticks in New York City and Brooklyn. The most common tick is the American Dog Tick.  These ticks

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Tags: Dog, Lyme disease in dogs, canine lyme disease, lyme disease prevention, Lyme vaccine, Ticks,

Brooklyn Dog Walker Reviews Lyme Disease (human version)

You think you have the flu but you’ve had the flu before and it has never been like this.

A visit to your physician confirms.  You have Lyme disease.  Unlike in canines, in humans Lyme is a steamroller coming straight over you.

Heavy duty antibiotics work, and the sooner the better to prevent permanent side effects.  The course of the disease, even when treated early, can last up to a month.

But why do dogs have a preventative vaccine and not people?  

Why is the rate of Lyme disease in humans rising? (10,000 cases in 1995 to 35,000 in 2010)

Why was there an effective vaccine that was pulled from the market in 2002?

The story of the vaccine that SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) released in 1998 is a frustrating one.

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Tags: lyme disease vaccine, Lyme disease in humans, Lyme disease, Lyme vaccine