Lyme Disease In Dogs

The bacterium in Lyme Disease is shaped like a corkscrew.

They live in the intestines of many tick species such as the deer tick and the western black-legged tick. When dogs are infested with ticks, they are likely to get this disease and have an infection if Lyme disease is in your area.

This disease can only be transmitted through a parasite, which means a dog who has the disease can not transmit it to a person. Ticks with the disease are able to infect the dog and invade the home the dog is living in. In turn, people living in the household will have a greater risk of also contracting the disease.

Dogs are more likely to get bitten by ticks than people are since they explore quite a bit of terrain when they are out doors. This means that even though you are with your dog, he will have a high chance of actually getting the disease than you are.

Ticks have a harder time getting onto us because we wearing socks and shoes and maybe even long jeans, where as dogs are lower to the ground and ticks are able to bite the dog in between his toes.

Dog symptoms of Lyme disease are off and on at times. This is troublesome because some owners think their dog is fully cured when in fact he is just having less noticeable symptoms.

Symptoms can be very mild to extremely severe and can resemble other conditions and diseases. Dogs might not even show any symptoms until several months later and could develop some fatal diseases if the disease goes unnoticed.

The more common signs of Lyme disease are:

  • Reluctant to move, stiff, similar to arthritis,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Depression,
  • Swollen joints,
  • Pain in legs or all over the body,
  • Fever,
  • Fatigue,
  • And even swollen lymph nodes.

In extreme cases, symptoms of heart diseases, central nervous system disorders or even kidney disease might be present.

The best way to prevent your dog from getting Lyme disease is to use medication that wards off or kills ticks. Ticks are known to carry other blood-transmitted diseases, such as enrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so it is important that you are alert whenever you see a tick.

Tick medication can be applied monthly or you can even use a tick collar for those dogs that are allergic. It is important that you observer the collar frequently because it can become weak after a couple of weeks of use.

Daily dog grooming along with bathing him/her can greatly prevent ticks from appearing. It is recommended that you have a back up tick medication in your dog first aid kit just in case ticks in your area developed an immunity.

Vets recommend that you should switch brands ever 6 to 12 months so that pests and other parasites do not build up a resistance to your current medication.

Trimming your lawn and cutting over sized plants will help prevent ticks from coming into your yard. Also, having a fence to ward off stray animals will greatly reduce ticks in the back of your yard.

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