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Lyme disease confirmed in Nova Scotia pet

Ticks cause an acute inflammatory disease characterized by skin changes, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms called Lyme disease. .
Ticks cause an acute inflammatory disease characterized by skin changes, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms called Lyme disease. . Getty Images

A Nova Scotia dog was diagnosed with Lyme disease this week.

The Fall River Animal Hospital confirms that a dog from the Waverley, N.S., area tested positive for the disease, an incident health officials say they don’t typically see.

Veterinarians are encouraging people to check their pets carefully after they are outside to look for ticks.

WATCH: Ticks are present year-round in Nova Scotia, officials say

Although there are 14 different types of ticks in Nova Scotia, only the black-legged tick has the potential to carry Lyme disease.

Officials are also encouraging pet owners to consider using tick vaccines as a way to prevent Lyme disease.

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