Defend Your Pet Against Lyme Disease
Slow-moving parasites awaken as the frigid winter weather eventually disappears and is replaced by the warm spring weather. Because of this, April is the ideal month to observe Lyme Disease Prevention in Dogs Month. Take steps to lessen the probability that your pet may provide a ride—or a meal—for ticks, and get familiar with the symptoms of Lyme disease to ensure your canine companion receives the proper care.
Lyme disease symptoms in dogs
One of the most widespread illnesses transmitted by ticks in the globe is Lyme disease, however only 5% to 10% of afflicted dogs exhibit symptoms, and the sickness may not manifest for months after the original bite.
Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Shifting-legs lameness
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Joint inflammation and pain
The bacterium that causes Lyme disease can be diminished by antibiotics, but it is not usually totally eradicated, and chronic sickness might result. As your dog’s sickness recurs, the symptoms may wax and wane. Even though it’s rare, kidney disease can manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination and thirst.
How to prevent Lyme disease in your pet
Your health and the health of your pet may both be negatively impacted by Lyme disease. By taking the following precautions, you can shield your family and pet from the disease’s potentially fatal effects:
- Mow your lawn frequently because ticks are rarely spotted in short grass.
- Avoid going on walks through tick habitats. While taking your pet on a walk through the woods might be a lot of fun, thick bushes and leafy debris are breeding grounds for ticks.
- Check your pet – Conduct a thorough check of your pet for attached or crawling ticks. Prime locations include between the toes, under the tail, and next to the ears.
- Administer tick prevention – By killing ticks before they can spread the pathogen, monthly tick prevention will protect your pet from Lyme disease.
- Vaccinate your pet – Find out if your dog should receive the Lyme vaccine from your vet.