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Old 12-06-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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I am relocating to Westchester with my dog, or I was until I found out that I would be increasing his chance of getting lyme 300x (according to New York Incidence by County | Lyme Disease Insights Blog)

I am assuming, though, that in more urbanized/suburbanized areas of the county, the risk must be considerably less. The two communities I was interested in are Tarrytown and Mt. Kisco. Are they know to have significant problems with ticks/lyme, or are these horrific figures reflecting more rural/forested areas? Actually, I haven't visited either town yet, so I am also wondering whether they even qualify as urbanized or if they are pretty green. I never thought I would be trying to avoid green, but my dog's health (and my own) are more important. Thanks for any insight.
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Lyme disease-bearing ticks are all over the Northeast US. Actually they're all over the US. And Northern Europe. No matter where you are in the Northeast you need to do a DAILY tick check (including IN the ears and between the toes). Very, very common.
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Old 12-06-2008, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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Ticks are mostly spread by mice, which get everywhere. To a far lesser degree, they are carried by deer--which you'll find pretty much all over Westchester, even in the 'urbanized' areas. We're out in the woods and have gazillions of deer on our property, but ever since we started spraying the property a few years ago we have not found a single tick. (I do hate spraying anything on our land, but this is our one poison).
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:31 AM
 
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Here's a very helpful CDC website page: they have pictures of the ticks and an illustration of the transmission cycle: DVBID: Transmission | CDC Lyme Disease
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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Also make sure you're looking at the "cases per 100,000" number rather than the overall # of cases, considering Westchester is more densely populated than the other counties listed.

And yes, you're at risk all over the Northeast for Lyme's. As for Mt Kisco, I grew up there and got Lyme's Disease in the '80s (sucessfully caught and treated early)

If you are that concerned for your dog, why not look into the vaccine? You can also look into K-9 Advantix, which repels and kills fleas and ticks (monthly application)... the other topicals only kill ticks AFTER they bite.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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It's LYME disease, not Lyme's disease.

Named for Lyme, Ct, where Dr. Steere, who was the first person to describe the syndrome and trace it to the ticks, found it.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Lake St. Catherine, Poultney, VT
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Yes to all the above, but be careful with Vaccination for Lyme. You might be better off just having the dog check for Lyme if he/she gets bit. My little Yorkie gets checked a couple of times a year, but only got bit once. K-9 Advantix is a great preventative treatment.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:28 AM
 
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The only thing that REALLY helps is doing a DAILY check of your dog, from head to toe (including between the toes).

Once the tick attaches (it bites and stays, so it's hard to say a dog was 'bitten') the probability of transmitting either Lyme disease OR Ehrlichiosis (another serious illness, caused by an organism that lives INSIDE the cells of the dog - and people, too!) increase. Thus, the longer the tick is attached, the higher the likelihood of disease. So checking your dog is the best way to go.

Personally, I don't like Advantix. Too many adverse reactions. Frontline does a good job of killing ticks within 24h of attachment, but without the adverse reactions that are more common with Advantix.
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Old 12-12-2008, 05:51 PM
 
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I might be wrong, but I think the ticks are worse in eastern Westchester, like Rye/Mamaroneck, which are on the water. I almost moved to Mamaroneck until I took note of all the mosquitoes around the building. I was told that it was tick infested as well. The thing about your dog getting ticks is that you are at great risk when he brings them into the house. I hope living in Westchester is worth it to you. I don't think other areas are this bad. I've lived in Westchester for 3 years and can't wait to leave.
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Old 12-12-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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I might be wrong, but I think the ticks are worse in eastern Westchester, like Rye/Mamaroneck, which are on the water. I almost moved to Mamaroneck until I took note of all the mosquitoes around the building. I was told that it was tick infested as well. The thing about your dog getting ticks is that you are at great risk when he brings them into the house. I hope living in Westchester is worth it to you. I don't think other areas are this bad. I've lived in Westchester for 3 years and can't wait to leave.
No, it's pretty much the same all over Westchester and all the way through New England and all the Eastern states. Lyme disease is ALL OVER the US. And don't forget ehrlichiosis, which is also spread by ticks.
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