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Can Pigs Get Lymes Disease??

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by redhen, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Just wondering cause i have piggers..and i live in a VERY high risk Lymes area...

  2. equine623

    equine623 Songster

    Mar 17, 2009
    NE PA
    Theoretically any warm blooded mammal can, yes. However, they would need to be bitten by a tick carrying Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme) in order for infection to occur. The tick that most commonly carries that is Ixodes scapularis, the deer tick. The larval and nymph stages are probably too small to see, pinhead size, but you might notice a fully engorged adult on the pigs. If you don't get ticks in the yard, and you don't take them hiking I suspect the risk is low.
  3. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    It's Lyme Disease, named for Lyme, Connecticut. No 's'. I shudder to think of getting it twice...

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