The young immature nymph (left in the above photo) is the developmental stage that can carry the disease-causing bacterium. As you can see it is very small, around 2 mm, so it can be easily missed. Once the tick is attached to the body it can take several hours for the bacteria to be transferred, so removing the tick nymphs within 2 hours greatly reduces the chances that the transfer has taken place. So if you and your pet have been in an area where the tick is found, thoroughly bathe afterwards to remove any ticks.
This is yet another disease that is on the rise throughout the United States. Symptoms of Lyme Disease include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. People often develop a “bull’s-eye” rash at the site of the bite. If caught early it is easily treated with antibiotics. However, if it is not detected early it can cause life-long problems. In humans this disease can often be mistaken for MS because of similar symptoms between the two.The best prevention for your pet are products that kill fleas and ticks, such as Frontline. Humans can use insect repellents that do deter ticks even though they are not insects.