Risk of Lyme Disease in Dogs in Licking County, Ohio

 

Lyme disease is a debilitating disease that can infect both humans and dogs spread by tick bites.

The risk of Lyme disease in Licking County, Ohio, is 1.53%* (1 out of 66 dogs tested were positive for Lyme Disease). The risk of Lyme Disease in the state of Ohio is 1.33% (1 out of 772 dog tested positive for Lyme Disease).

As you can see in the footnote below, these numbers represent approximately 30% of the cases of Lyme disease present in Licking County. We believe the risk of Lyme Disease in Dogs in Licking county is approximately 4.5 to 5% which means about 1 dog in 20 may be Positive for Lyme Disease.

Please note this is a SUBSTANIAL increase from just a few years ago in 2014 where the risk of canine Lyme disease was just 0.49% Licking County. There has been over a 3-fold increase in the past 3 years and it is believed this will continue to increase.

In addition to Lyme disease, there are other dangerous tick borne disease that also infect dogs in Licking County. For more information on the risk, go to Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis.

The increasing rate of tick-borne diseases in Licking County Ohio is why we recommend good tick control with one of our veterinary approved tick control products. We also recommend vaccination for Lyme disease for dogs in this area and at risk. Please call us for more information at 740-587-1129.

 

* Data is from January 1 to June 25, 2017.

#This number reflects the total number of tests reported to CAPC in this defined area and represents a sample of the total dog/cat population in this area. The data in provided by IDEXX Laboratories and ANTECH Diagnostics. It is statistically significant and it serves as a strong representation of the parasite activity for each area. However, it does not represent the total number of positive tests. Instead, we estimate it represents less than 30% of the activity in the geographic regions. Data displayed for the current year showcases only the current year data. Depending on the time of year, this map view may only represent a small number of testing months.

Data Source: https://www.capcvet.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/