Lyme Disease Protection for Your Pet
Sluggish parasites awaken as chilly winter weather fades and mild spring temps approach. This makes April the ideal month for Lyme Disease Prevention in Dogs Month. Take steps to limit your pet’s risk of providing ticks with a ride—or a meal—and learn how to recognize typical Lyme disease symptoms to ensure your four-legged friend receives the care they require.
Lyme disease symptoms in dogs
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne infections in the world, although only 5% to 10% of afflicted dogs display symptoms, and the condition may not manifest itself for months after the original bite.
Lyme disease symptoms in dogs include:
Lameness of the shifting legs
Lymph nodes swollen
Joint pain and inflammation
Antibiotics can lessen, but not usually entirely eliminate, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, and chronic disease can develop. As your dog’s illness recurs, the symptoms may wax and wane. Although rare, kidney disease can manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst and urination.
How to Keep Your Pet Safe from Lyme Disease
Lyme illness can have long-term impacts on your pet’s health in addition to you. You may protect your pet and family from the disease’s deadly consequences by taking the following steps:
Ticks are rarely found in short grass, so keep your lawn mowed on a regular basis.
Avoid wandering in tick habitat – While a walk in the woods might be a fun adventure for your pet, thick brush and leafy debris are perfect tick habitat.
Check your pet – Look for crawling or attached ticks on your pet. Near the ears, in the groin, under the tail, and between the toes are all prime locations.
Apply tick prevention – Monthly tick prevention protects your pet from Lyme disease by killing ticks before they may transmit the pathogen.
Vaccinate your pet – Consult your veterinarian to see if Lyme disease immunization is appropriate for your dog.