|Written by Paddle4Peace|
Lymes Disease in Canada
Here's the current fact info from PHAC (April 2012)
(includes info from the leading experts in Canada - also international 'leaders' in zoonotic disease vectors)
Check out the fact sheet re: what to do re: prevention - and what to do if you are bitten)
Here's current info from the College of Family Physicians of Canada
The experts in zoonosis are saying - take Lymes disease seriously.
The bugs are here in our area. We need to pay attention - check out the fact sheets per links above re: prevention and first aid....etc.
The problem is that doctors are not yet expecting to find Lyme disease locally, and so missed the diagnosis. Furthermore, the Canadian blood tests are known to be unreliable, and the facility that performs the tests is backlogged.
Bottom line, if we believe the news report (and I do), we need to take all the necessary precautions seriously, and be prepared to be very aggressive with our doctors if necessary.
Lyme Disease in the Ottawa Area
Click here for a Citizen article published August 9, 2012. (cont. by Mike Bankier)
And Lynette says: My Mom says her Vet (in Kingston, ON) recommended & sold her "Tic Twisters" - 2 sizes for $6, available from Vets & Pet stores - & that they work really well by removing the entire tic, mouth parts and all, from her dog's skin. Maybe a good investment to add to our Club 1st Aid Kits?