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Spring has Sprung! Refresh Your Pet’s Healthcare Routine

By Dr. Donald Consla, Lead Wellness Veterinarian



As the flowers begin to bloom and the sun is shining again, it’s the perfect time to take a closer look at how we can give our pets’ health care a refresh. Routine wellness care allows us to prevent diseases and catch problems early so that we can address them more effectively.


All vaccines are important, but the two that should be considered this time of year are for Lyme disease and leptospirosis. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that lives in ticks common in southwestern Pennsylvania. The bacteria is spread to dogs (and people!) through a tick bite, which can result in fever, joint pain and swelling, a limp that can shift from leg to leg and lethargy. While we have seen increased activity during the winter months, ticks are especially active as the temperature begins to rise. Fortunately, we can reduce the risk of Lyme disease by using tick prevention year-round and vaccinating for Lyme disease.