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As a first time dog owner I'm scared and confused when I find ticks on my dog (which have been a lot this season). They are mostly Lone Star Ticks from what I can gather. I recently moved to Southern Illinois where I'm finding mixed reports on whether or not Lyme disease is an issue. I've considered vaccinating her against Lyme disease, but after doing research I'm not so sure because of the possible harmful side effects. I'm also worried about it being spread to humans. I do use K9 Advantix on her, but I'm still finding ticks.

Do you vaccinate your dogs for Lyme disease?
Is it something you worry about?
Should I be worried in Southern Illinois?


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We use Frontline plus and it always seems to get rid of ticks. We've only found a few on her over the years. The best thing for your area, would be to ask your vet how common Lyme disease is there.
 
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