A lesson on Lyme Disease from Professor Daisy

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Students, today we are going to talk about a serious subject: Lyme disease. Please listen carefully, because Lyme disease is no joke. It can cause symptoms like swollen, painful joints, lameness in the legs, loss of appetite, fever, and can even lead to kidney disease!

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You might think that you can get this disease from eating too many limes, but you would be incorrect. Even though limes are disgusting, they can’t cause you to get this disease.

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Excuse me a moment while I move my props out of the way…

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Here is the real culprit behind Lyme disease: TICKS! People, dogs, and even cats can get this disease if they’re bitten by a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The tick that can transmit the disease-causing bacteria is the deer tick, also known as the black-legged tick. Do not worry–as far as I know, the catnip-stuffed toy tick is safe.

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If you suspect your dog or cat could have Lyme disease, go to the veterinarian right away. The usual treatment is a course of antibiotics. Since it is No Fun to be sick or to take medicine, the best course of action is to PREVENT getting Lyme Disease in the first place.

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What can you do to kick those ticks to the curb?

  • Get rid of ticks in your backyard with a yard spray.
  • After you play outside, ask your mom or dad to check your fur for ticks. Even though pets cannot spread the disease to humans, we can carry ticks inside the home on our fur by mistake.
  • If you see a tick on your body, it is okay to scream (but just once). Then, remove the tick right away using a special tick-removal tool. The sooner the tick is removed, the lower the chance that you will get infected!
  • If ticks are inside your home, get rid of  ’em with a carpet and upholstery spray.
  • To keep you safe year-round, ask your mom or dad to treat you every month with a topical product for fleas and ticks.
  • If you are a dog, you have even more options! You can use a tick collar, or ask your vet if you can try NexGard, a yummy beef-flavored soft chew that protects dogs from fleas and ticks.

My final advice? Save the limes for a batch of limeade (or some margaritas if you are over 21).

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18 Comments

  1. The male person had a case of lyme disease but he took lots of antibiotics and he is better. It was way back when it was first discovered.

    You are so cute in your white coat.

  2. Oh thanks Daisy, for all that good information about Lyme disease. It killed one of our dogs about 12 years ago. We didn’t think that cats could get it. You all have a great day.

  3. This is very good advice Daisy!

    Luf, Us

  4. good information.

    ticks bite.

  5. veree wise add vize daisy….ticks iz stooooopid and vizshuz

    and may we add key lime pie and lime a beanz….

  6. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Pricilla, I’m glad your person got all better!

  7. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    You’re welcome Marg. I am very sorry that one of your doggies got Lyme disease.

  8. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks! I like to share information with my friends.

  9. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  10. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Lima beanz are almost as bad as Lyme disease!

  11. Thanks for the advice, Daisy! We are indoor-only kitties, so the possibility of us getting ticks is low, but once the cat before me came home with one! It was on Christmas Day and she did not know how to get it off, so my human took her to the emergency vet and had them do it! My human thinks she is smart but she isn’t always capable.

  12. Daisy the Curly CatMay 12, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Sparkle, my Mommeh might not be able to remove a tick either!

  13. Good to see you again with your valuable information about lyme disease. I miss you. Peekaboo

  14. Daisy the Curly CatMay 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Thanks Barbara! (ps: I love to play peekaboo!)

  15. Thank you so much for this valuable lesson, Professor Daisy. We’re indoor-only kitties here, and Mom and Dad are careful about checking their clothes after walking in the grass and stuff, so we’re pretty safe. Ticks and Lyme Disease sound scary!

  16. Please do not spray your yard! So many beneficial insects would be affected, including the larva of beautiful butterflies! Birds need those insects to feed their young. We don’t ever want to wake up to the awful Silent Spring described by Rachel Carson so many years ago.

  17. Why is it there are more tick products for dogs then cats?

    We use Advantage II for fleas and need a TICK collar since we go outside to eat grass, and round off our healthy cat diet. I agree with Nancy that we should not spray chemicals in the yard if we can help it!
    The word is ticks will be bad this summer and so far in Virginia they are right. My sister, Shadow, had one on her face yesterday. Many of my human friends have had them already too!
    Any suggestions would be appreciated 😉
    Kip The Cat 😉

  18. Daisy the Curly CatJune 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Kip! Some of the ingredients that treat ticks in dogs can’t be used in cats. Also, we tend to groom our fur and might ingest something we shouldn’t. You could use a product such as Frontline Plus that treats both fleas and ticks, rather than Advantage which is just for fleas. I hope you stay flea and tick free!

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