Many terrier owners are doing Earthdog Trials with their dogs this time of year. You could be doing hunt-ups in long grasses, searching for hidden rats among the brush then WAITING as your dogs go to ground. That’s on top of all the standing around you`ll be doing at the test site.
Somewhere along the way, a lyme-infected tick could hitch a ride–on you or your dog. So be on the lookout for ticks. Recent reports say that 10% of black-legged ticks carry the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) that`s responsible for Lyme Disease.
Lyme is officially on the rise in Canada, yet disease incidence numbers are probably grossly under-estimated. While most dogs don’t get Lyme when they`re bitten by a tick, you`re much more like to become infected. Be vigilant. Not all bites have a classic bullseye rash.
The Lyme Disease bacteria is formidable. It’s tougher, smarter and way more tenacious than any Earthdog you`ll ever meet. Learn more and stay informed if you`re going to be out working with your Earthdog. Visit www.canlyme.com
Recent News on Lyme: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1215210–ticks-that-can-carry-lyme-disease-agent-spreading