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Prevention key to protecting pets from Lyme Disease

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

As many prepare for summertime and some fun in the sun, we can't forget about our four-legged friends.

As the weather gets warmer, the insects start to come out, including ticks. And, as we all know, they can carry Lyme Disease.

95 percent of pets don't show any symptoms. If it's not caught early enough, it can lead to kidney failure. That's why Dr. Beeson, with East Carolina Veterinary services, says the best thing you can do is focus on prevention.

"Usually it's in combination with the flea prevention. Most of them are topical so you put a little spot on the back of the neck. It's a little chemical, it's a pesticide to kill the insects. There's also flea and tick collars. I don't like those collars for fleas, I don't think they work that great for fleas but for ticks they do pretty well," she said.

Topical tick treatments will typically run you around 25 dollars a month. You can also get your dog or cat vaccinated against Lyme disease.

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