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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by redhen, Mar 29, 2011.
Just wondering cause i have piggers..and i live in a VERY high risk Lymes area...
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.
It's Lyme Disease, named for Lyme, Connecticut. No 's'. I shudder to think of getting it twice...