Over the last number of years there has been a dramatic change in the number of ticks and the infections they carry in Canada. This change has affected pets and humans alike, and left pet-owners, veterinarians and veterinary team members worried for the health of their pets, clients (animal and human) and themselves.
In 2017, in response to questions, frustrations and uncertainties surrounding Lyme disease in dogs, Michelle Evason and Scott Weese launched the Canadian K9 Lifetime (Lyme) Study. The goal of the study is to follow a group of puppies (and their owners) who live in Lyme disease risk (and emerging risk) regions of Canada over their lifetime spent together. It is our hope that this type of long-term research will obtain information that will illuminate our limited understanding of canine Lyme disease.
Myriad other infectious and non-infectious diseases occur in dogs as they age, and study information will allow for improved awareness that informs optimal prevention, e.g. nutrition, vaccination, exercise, etc. Since many of these same diseases affect people, (i.e. the 2 legged animal), we expect to gain information on human health and also deepen our understanding of the relationships people have with their beloved pets (i.e. the 4 legs) in order to benefit all of us.