WAUSAU (WAOW)--This is the time of year when ticks come out again. So, an area veterinarian says it's time to take action now.
Chris Bleifuss, D.V.M, of Kronenwetter Veterinary Care says you should be on the lookout for ticks. If you or your pet are bit by an infected tick, Lyme disease, the most common of the tick-borne diseases becomes a risk.
The experts say: Lyme disease is spread by infected ticks, often found on deer. When they bite the skin, it permits the bacterium to infect the body. Lyme disease is not contagious from an affected person or animal to someone else. Lyme disease can cause abnormalities in the skin, joints, heart, and nervous system.
There is a Lyme Disease vaccine available for dogs. Topical treatments are also available for pets.
Experts say the best advice is to avoid areas where there are alot of ticks. Always do a tick check, if you are in those areas. Remove any ticks you find. If you have questions, call your doctor or veterinarian.