Local vet warns about the threat of Lyme Disease for dogs

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- As more of us are out and about in the warm weather, it's important to check for ticks on our skin, but you need to check out your dog, too.

1 in 7 dogs in Rockingham County get Lyme Disease

Ticks can carry Lyme Disease, and dogs have a higher risk of getting it than humans.

Here at home, local vets say ticks carrying the disease infect 1 out of 7 dogs.

The bacteria starts to spread just 24 hours after the tick latches on.

For dogs, the symptoms can be fevers, limping or just a lack of energy.

Dr. Erica Vaughn, with Copper Ridge Animal Hospital, says there are treatments for the disease, but you can prevent it simply by checking your dogs.

"Inside the ears is one place the ticks like to go, where it's not haired very much. They like to get under the armpits and things of that nature where they can hide. Sometimes they get around their collar so those are areas where we see ticks attaching," said Vaughn.

Traveling with your pet can spread the disease. Dr. Vaughn also says a lot of wild turkeys in the valley carry these ticks too.