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---"I want to add my praise for WiggleLegs Frog toy.  My cat loves to play with WiggleLegs No other toy will do.  When I ask her to find WiggleLegs she goes right to it!  I just ordered 3 more as I'm afraid you will stop making them and then I don't know what we will do!"

---"Once again, you have provided excellent service with an excellent product. Thanks for the extra - it was a hit! My cats are totally addicted to the WiggleLegs Frog, so please keep plenty in stock!"

---"I just wanted to let you know that my cat, Molly, is absolutely addicted to your FlyToys. I literally have to hide them from her so she will go to sleep at night, but as soon as morning arrives she is sitting right in front of their hiding place waiting for them to come out and play."

Each MetPet FlyToy is handmade by skilled artisans with great attention to detail.  They come in the form of bugs, amphibians, mammals and more in three very reasonable price points.

---"I can't believe how your company understands cats so well"


Lyme disease in dogs Staff Writer

Lyme disease (Borreliosis) in dogs and humans is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi.  It is primarily spread through the bite of an infected tick including the deer tick and black-legged tick.  It is also possible to spread Lyme disease through  other biting insects including fleas or through contact with infected bodily fluids.

Since ticks are prevalent in woodland areas, dogs in Lyme disease and tick infested areas can be vaccinated annually and insecticides can be administered to kill ticks.  In addition, physically checking for and removing ticks whenever a dog has been outside is very effective since it takes approximately 24 hours for a tick to transmit the disease as it sucks blood.  Infected nymph and adult ticks look for hosts primarily in the spring and fall so these are the times when dogs are most at risk and when the greatest precautions to avoid long term tick contact should be taken. 

Signs of Lyme disease include lameness from painful or swollen joints as the disease attacks the limbs and joints in addition to internal organs such as the heart and kidneys.  Other symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite (healthy dogs are almost always ready to eat) and swollen lymph nodes.  Lyme disease can affect the renal, cardiac and neurologic systems and can, in some cases (particularly renal) prove fatal. 

Treatment involves the use of antibiotics as required as Lyme disease can be persistent.

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