It was hard to believe that puppies could possibly help us battle the deadly parasitic worms that threaten our world.
But thanks to their unique genetics, puppies can be an effective tool for helping to combat the worms that cause Lyme disease, and some scientists are starting to see some promise in the process.
Now, some of the biggest names in the industry are starting off the year with a new initiative to help our little ones.
They’re giving them the tools they need to get started on dewormers, and hopefully, a better chance at preventing Lyme disease from returning.
“We’re seeing that the vaccines are effective, and that we have fewer cases of Lyme disease than we did a year ago,” said Dr. Robert M. Kapteyn, the founder and president of the Lyme Disease Foundation.
“So, hopefully, we can start getting the word out about the importance of these vaccines and the benefits of these programs and hopefully it will be a catalyst for other people to be more proactive in terms of getting the vaccines, especially for puppies.”
The Lyme Disease Network (LDN), a nonprofit that works with the US government to educate the public about the disease and the vaccine, is partnering with several companies to provide a free kit that includes dewormed puppies.
The kits are available for purchase through their website and are made by a company called Cushy Puppy, which has offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City.
“It is a good way for people to get on board, because it’s free,” said Dana Stacey, the company’s CEO.
“It’s a good platform for people who are looking to get a puppy, and also for people looking to buy a puppy.”
Dr. M.E. Ketchum, the vice president of research and development at the Lyme Diaspora Initiative, an initiative that works to reduce Lyme disease and other infectious diseases worldwide, said that the puppies can also be used as an aid in the fight against Lyme disease.
“The first step is to give the puppies a shot, which is why the kits are called ‘dewormers,'” Ketchums said.
“But there are a number of different things that can be done to make sure that the puppy is actually healthy and protected and not a carrier for the disease.
The best thing is to get the puppy tested.
The puppy has to be tested to make certain that they’re not carriers for the infection.
So that is one of the things we do to keep the puppy from getting infected.”
Dr Ketchals said the puppies also offer a way to provide information about the benefits and risks of the vaccine.
“One of the questions that we always ask is, ‘Are we getting enough information?’
Because if we don’t, we might be giving the wrong information,” he said.”
So, when the puppy has a shot and it’s a little bit healthy, and it has been vaccinated and it passes the tests, that’s the first thing that we ask is whether or not they are going to be carriers for Lyme disease,” Ketchins said.
The kits also come with information on the health benefits and safety of deworms and how to follow the instructions on the packaging.
“Once you have the puppy, the first question that we’ll always ask,” Kaptes said, “is, ‘How many puppies do you have?’
And then we’ll start with one or two puppies, because that’s how we are most likely to start seeing a decrease in cases of the disease.”
Once the puppies have passed the initial screening, they will be vaccinated against the bacteria.
“As soon as you see a drop in numbers, then we will do another round of testing,” Katches said.
After that, the puppies will be given a shot of the Borrelia burgdorferi vaccine, which protects against the disease, as well as the dengue-bissinger-coagulase-negative vaccine.
Once the puppies are vaccinated, they’ll be given two doses of the three vaccines: a booster dose, called a full-dose, and a low-dose booster, called an intramuscular booster.
After three weeks of the treatment, the puppy will be allowed to move to a crate to receive their next dose of the vaccines.
Once the puppy passes the third round of screening, the owner will receive a shot that will protect the puppies against the B. burgdorffleri strain of Lyme.
“And, as soon as that first dose of vaccine is given, the second dose of booster will be taken,” Katell said.
And, once again, the pup will be treated with the full- and low-doses of the two vaccines.
At this point, the full treatment will last about two weeks.
Then, once the puppy reaches about three weeks old, they can begin the second round of vaccination.
After about three months, the booster will