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disease has been diagnosed in humans, dogs, cats, horses, goat, sheep and cattle.
Grooming to detect ticks and prompt removal will help to minimize the risk of
contracting Lyme disease. On horses, ticks are most likely to be found
around the head, throat area, stomach, or under the tail. Ticks can be
removed with tweezers by grasping the mouth parts of the tick adjacent to the
skin and gently pulling back. If not done properly, the mouth parts of the
tick can remain imbedded in the animal. If you are uncertain about the
proper method for removing ticks, or would like information on tick repellents
available, consult your veterinarian.
horses and livestock, reducing tick habitat can prevent exposure to Lyme
disease. This can be accomplished by keeping pastures mowed down to make
areas less desirable for ticks, and by removing brush and wood piles from
pasture areas to deter rodents that may carry ticks.
of Lyme disease in horses and cattle may include lameness, joint pain and/or
stiffness, shifting from limb to limb, and weight loss.
may also develop a fever and horses may exhibit behavioral changes. Most
cattle and horses do not display any symptoms of the disease.
of Lyme disease in horses and cattle is based on risk of exposure, clinical symptoms and blood testing.
disease is treated with antibiotics, and the animal normally response within a
few days of treatment.