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Having pets/havanese effects on human health?

I want to get my first puppy ever but I am worried because I read you can get lyme disease if they get an infected tick & it bites a human! Scary! Probably a lot more things that can be caused do to living with a pet.
I understand that you have to be super careful to avoid ticks in the first place but crud happens... : (


Have any of you experience health problems because you have a pet/havanese/dogs?

How do you personally avoid it....? Like what do you do to keep your pet/home free of all the bad stuff?

Have you ever been afraid of it?

Can you please recommend the best book to get for a first time havanese/puppy owner that will help me in all the stages of my dogs life?

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um.... Lyme disease is mostly in New England. Just going for a walk in tall grass or the woods is going to put you at risk. Actually, pet owners are more aware of the problem and are more diligent about checking.

My cousin's daughter got Lyme last year when she went on vacation to Cape Cod. A family friend also has it severely. They don't even have pets.

Ticks are gross but I think you are worrying about a very, very remote possibility of infection. My dogs always get a few ticks, even with the flea and tick prevention. meh. You just use the tick remover tool and flush the little sucker down the toilet.

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I want to get my first puppy ever but I am worried because I read you can get lyme disease if they get an infected tick & it bites a human! Scary! Probably a lot more things that can be caused do to living with a pet.
I understand that you have to be super careful to avoid ticks in the first place but crud happens... : (


Have any of you experience health problems because you have a pet/havanese/dogs?

How do you personally avoid it....? Like what do you do to keep your pet/home free of all the bad stuff?

Have you ever been afraid of it?

Can you please recommend the best book to get for a first time havanese/puppy owner that will help me in all the stages of my dogs life?

Thank you
You don't get Lyme from dogs... or from ticks that have been ON dogs. DOGS get Lyme the same way people do; from ticks that are infected from biting deer and other wild animals.


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I live in a tick infested area. I hike where there are tons of dear ticks. I treat my guys with frontline, but the ticks don't die until they bite the dogs. If a tick falls off in my house, and gets onto me, I could most definitely get Lyme. I've had it at least 2 times. I have seen ticks crawling off the dogs....... If you walk your dogs in high grass, grassy trails or fields were ticks hang out, you are at risk. If you stick to sidewalks and dog parks, you should be ok. If you're worried about deer ticks, best thing to do is to check yourself for ticks morning and night. You have about 24hrs to get the tick off, before you get Lyme.

I wouldn't let the worry of Lyme stop me from getting a dog though. These little furbabies are worth it!






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These are even free.
Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf

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I live in a tick infested area. I hike where there are tons of dear ticks. I treat my guys with frontline, but the ticks don't die until they bite the dogs. If a tick falls off in my house, and gets onto me, I could most definitely get Lyme. I've had it at least 2 times. I have seen ticks crawling off the dogs....... If you walk your dogs in high grass, grassy trails or fields were ticks hang out, you are at risk. If you stick to sidewalks and dog parks, you should be ok. If you're worried about deer ticks, best thing to do is to check yourself for ticks morning and night. You have about 24hrs to get the tick off, before you get Lyme.

I wouldn't let the worry of Lyme stop me from getting a dog though. These little furbabies are worth it!
Sorry, I guess what I posted wasn't clear. My point was that it wasn't from biting the dog then biting you. Ticks can hitch hike into the house any number of ways... on the dog, on the cat, on our clothes, on our kids clothes... If you live in an area where there is Lyme (or any of the other tick-borne diseases) you need to know how to protect yourself and your family from ticks whether you have pets or not.

I think we're both saying pretty much the same thing.


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Yes, I suffer from this malady because of my dogs: separation from them results in depression ;-)

There are many studies that show having a dog has major health benefits, and if you're worried about ticks...let me tell you that we had a major tick infestation in our house last year, and although poor Mojo had many ticks on him, we never had a single one on any humans in the family.

The most important consideration in adding a dog to your life is that it is a commitment for the life of the dog. It's not something you try out and discard if it doesn't work.

Havluv, it seems odd to want a dog, but to be afraid of a dog. It's not like you're bringing in some virus into your home, it's just a dog. You yourself, or your family members, will bring more health threats into your home than any dog ever could. You won't get a cold from a dog, won't get the flu from a dog, won't get lice from a dog, etc., etc. Dogs are pretty safe...it's the humans you want to watch out for.

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Yes, I suffer from this malady because of my dogs: separation from them results in depression ;-)

There are many studies that show having a dog has major health benefits, and if you're worried about ticks...let me tell you that we had a major tick infestation in our house last year, and although poor Mojo had many ticks on him, we never had a single one on any humans in the family.

The most important consideration in adding a dog to your life is that it is a commitment for the life of the dog. It's not something you try out and discard if it doesn't work.

Havluv, it seems odd to want a dog, but to be afraid of a dog. It's not like you're bringing in some virus into your home, it's just a dog. You yourself, or your family members, will bring more health threats into your home than any dog ever could. You won't get a cold from a dog, won't get the flu from a dog, won't get lice from a dog, etc., etc. Dogs are pretty safe...it's the humans you want to watch out for.
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All great points everyone! It's so true. You and your kids can also bring in the deer ticks. My ex husband used to hunt. He would bring deer ticks in the house all the time. They'd be hanging out on his hunting clothes!!!





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Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.siriuspup.com/pdfs/before_puppy_sirius.pdf

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar http://www.dogstardaily.com/files/AF...ur%20Puppy.pdf
Thanks, Dave! Even though we have had dogs for 42 years it has been a long time since we've had a very new puppy so I plan to read both of these! Doesn't hurt to have a refresher course!

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