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PET PROTECTION: Prevent tick-borne diseases in spring

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Although the weather may make a person wonder, it is spring in Minnesota -- and pet care experts say that means pets are newly susceptible to a range of health hazards that owners should try to prevent.

Fox 9 News spoke with Dr. Jill Lurye, an internist at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, about tick-borne illnesses and how to keep pets protected from them.

Watch the video for more information.

Dogs tend to be most at risk when it comes to ticks, and the blood-sucking parasites can become a big problem if they transmit a disease when they bite -- particularly Lyme disease.

Although there are several over-the-counter products to keep ticks off of pets, it's a good practice to thoroughly check the fur of any pet that has been outside to make sure they haven't picked up hitchhiking health hazard.

SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR

- Fever
- Lethargy
- Lack of appetite
- Stiffness in joints

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