Assess your dog's risk
Take this assessment to better understand your dog's risk
1) Have you seen or heard of ticks on people or pets in your area?
Ticks can range in size and can be very difficult to detect in the fur of your pet.
Some life stages of ticks can be as small as a poppy seed.
2) Is your dog likely to go into areas where ticks are found?
Ticks wait for a passing host under leaf litter or on plant stems, leaf tips and blades of tall grass. They can occasionally be carried inside the house.
3) Do you live in an area with Ixodes ticks and/or where there are cases of Lyme disease in animals or humans?
The incidence of Lyme disease is increasing and its range is expanding throughout North America.
4) Are you likely to travel with your dog to areas where Lyme disease is present?
The risk for exposure to Lyme disease is highest in parts of southern and southeastern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, southeastern Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and much of southern British Columbia. Don’t forget to consider areas outside of Canada where you may travel.3
5) Have you ever forgotten to give tick medication on time?
Repellent products alone are unreliable to prevent Lyme disease. Oral products that kill Ixodes ticks fast may help prevent the transmission of Lyme disease. It is important to remember to give the product on a monthly basis. A complete approach that includes vaccination increases the likelihood of your dog being protected from the disease.
If you answered YES to any of these questions, Lyme vaccination for your dog may be recommended.
Share your dog's risk assessment with
your veterinarian. Download and fill out this pdf.