Tick Season is Here!
Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. There are 2 outer surface proteins OspA and OspC on the Borrelia bacteria within ticks.
7 subtypes of OspC protein are combined to form what's called a chimera. The new Lyme vaccine contains both OspA and this OspC chimera to provide broader protection.
In NJ, ticks are a problem year-round, but peak tick activity tends to be Spring and Fall (which is also when people and dogs are outside more). Check your pets and family members daily for ticks. In addition to Lyme vaccination, keep your dog on a safe, broad-spectrum tick product such as Bravecto or Frontline year-round.
---Meredith L. Weltner-Sharin VMD