Lyme Disease

While we are beyond happy that the sun seems to be here to stay, with the warmer weather comes our least favorite little bug: the tick. Ticks are small arachnids, part of the order Parasitiformes. Ticks are ectoparasites, living by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. But the biggest problem with these tiny parasites is that they carry a whole hand basket of infectious diseases, including lyme disease.

“Lyme disease is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi…the most common carrier of B. Burgdorferi is the black legged tick, otherwise known as the deer tick.” The deer tick is found in wooded areas, marshes, and tall grasses. Numerous wildlife species, including birds, are carriers for the organism. We have already seen an increase in the auburn area for ticks and fleas due to the weather we had this winter; A ton of water, and then a heat wave!

At Meadow Vista Vet we strongly recommend taking a two step approach to the prevention of Lyme disease: keeping your pets on a flea and tick preventative, and vaccinating for Lyme disease. We carry several different flea and tick prevention products at the clinic, and we offer the Lyme vaccine. We also have free tick pullers at the front counter if you wanna stop by and grab one!! Visit our website at meadowvistavet.com for an instructional video on how to pull a tick successfully!! 

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Endangered Species of the Week: Bluefin Tuna

Bluefin are the largest tuna and can live up to 40 years. They migrate across oceans and can dive more than 4,000 feet. Bluefin tuna are made for speed: built like torpedoes, have retractable fins and their eyes are set flush to their body. They are tremendous predators from the moment they hatch, seeking out schools of fish like herring, mackerel and even eels. They hunt by sight and have the sharpest vision of any bony fish. There are three species of bluefin: Atlantic (the largest and most endangered), Pacific, and Southern. Most catches of the Atlantic bluefin tuna are taken from the Mediterranean Sea, which is the most important bluefin tuna fishery in the world.

The Atlantic bluefin is a highly sought-after delicacy for sushi and sashimi in Asia—a single fish has sold for over $1.75 million! Driven by such high prices, fishermen use even more refined techniques to catch tuna. And the fish are disappearing as a result. Although tuna do provide food and livelihoods for people, they are more than just seafood. Tuna are a top predator in the marine food chain, maintaining a balance in the ocean environment.


Bluefin tuna populations have declined severely from overfishing and illegal fishing over the past few decades –not just Atlantic bluefin tuna, but also Pacific bluefin tuna and Southern bluefin tuna. Population declines have been largely driven by the demand for this fish in high end sushi markets.

Information provided by the World Wildlife Foundation – if you would like to learn more about the Bluefin Tuna or any other endangered/threatened species please visit their website at worldwildlife.org