May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease, an infection spread by deer ticks, has spread dramatically through the Northeast and upper Midwest of the US. It often goes undetected in people until they start showing symptoms and sometimes goes undiagnosed until they are in a later stage of the disease.
Dogs also can be infected with Lyme Disease with the most common symptom being lameness. Lyme disease is usually the first thing that people think of when they remove a tick from their dog. If they wanted to have their dog tested for Lyme that had to wait a few weeks before the test could be done due to the incubation period of the bacteria But now there is a new test that can be done to see if the tick they removed is caring the Lyme bacteria- the Lymealyzer.
I was given the chance to try the Lymealyzer. Living in town, my dogs don’t get ticks, but a friend was nice enough to save me a couple that she had removed from her dogs. Fortunately, the ticks can be frozen until you have the chance to run the test because I had to go out of town and wait to run the test. But once I got the chance to run, the test I found it very easy to do. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. You can use up to 5 ticks for one test so I used the 3 my friend had saved for me. And the result of the test was…
Negative! The Lymealyzer makes the results easy to read- 1 line is negative, 2 lines is positive. The test kit includes a card for you to fill out to share with your vet. The Lymealyzer is an early warning system so it’s important to remember that a positive test is not an indication that your dog has Lyme Disease. Results need to be shared with your vet so they can determine what further testing or treatment is needed.
The Lymealyzer Wrap-up
*The Lymealyzer has easy to follow instructions and is easy for anyone to run.
*You can test up to 5 ticks at 1 time.
*Each kit has 2 tests in it.
*Ticks can be tested no matter what level of engorgement they are in- engorged ticks, semi-engorged ticks, or even flat ticks.
*Ticks can be frozen if you can’t test them right away.
*Results are ready in 5 minutes.
When it comes to our pets we worry. And when you live an area where Lyme Disease is a concern we want to know what we need to do- talk to our vet about further testing or if relax knowing our dog wasn’t exposed to Lyme. As an early warning test the Lymealyzer can help give us peace of mind or help us get a plan of action together with our vet.
You can order Lymealyzer directly from Affiniton. They also make an instant test for people- Lymenator.
And here’s your chance to win a test kit! One person will win a Lymealyzer test kit by entering through the Rafflecopter below.
Disclaimer: I received a product for use in my review. My reviews of products are based on my opinion and experience (as well as my pets). I review products that I feel others would be interested in for their pet and receipt of this product did not influence my review. A second product was provided as a prize for the giveaway.