Lyme Disease in Dogs
April time to focus on preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs, as parasites become more active with the arrival of warmer spring temperatures. Take measures to decrease the chances of your pet carrying ticks or being bitten, and educate yourself on recognizing common signs of Lyme disease to ensure your furry companion receives proper treatment.
Lyme disease signs in dogs
Lyme disease is a frequently occurring illness transmitted through tick bites. However, it should be noted that only 5% to 10% of dogs who contract it exhibit symptoms, and the disease may not manifest for several months after being bitten. Look out for signs of Lyme disease in dogs, which may include:
- Shifting-leg lameness
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Painful, inflamed joints
Lyme-causing bacteria can be reduced by antibiotics, but they may not be completely eliminated, which can lead to chronic illness in dogs. The symptoms of the illness can come and go over time. Kidney disease is rare, but can occur and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst and urination.
How to protect your pet from Lyme disease
Lyme disease can have lasting impacts on both you and your pet’s health. To safeguard against the severe consequences of the illness, take the following precautions to protect your family and pet.
- Cut your lawn — Ticks are rarely found in short grass, so regularly mow your yard.
- Refrain from walking in tick habitat — While walking in the woods can be a great adventure for your pet, tall brush and leafy debris are prime spots for ticks.
- Check your pet — Search your pet thoroughly for crawling or attached ticks. Prime spots include near the ears, in the groin, under the tail, and between the toes.
- Administer tick prevention — Monthly tick prevention will shield your pet against Lyme disease by killing ticks before they have a chance to transmit the pathogen.
- Vaccinate your pet — Ask your veterinarian if Lyme vaccination is right for your dog.