Lyme Disease in Pets
Is your pet protected from ticks and other parasites? Without a proper preventative, they may be vulnerable to certain diseases. Lyme disease is one of the most common vector-borne diseases reported here in the US, and it can make your pet very sick.
Lameness, swollen joints, loss of appetite and fever are primary symptoms of this disease, which is transmitted by blacklegged ticks also known as deer ticks.
Keeping Ticks at Bay
Ticks can be found in wooded areas and tall grasses near marshlands or lakes. They attach themselves to passing hosts by waiting at the edge of a leaf, twig or blade of grass. Deer ticks can spread Lyme disease with a single bite. The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is called Borrelia burgdorferi.
There are several ways you can help your pet avoid ticks and stay protected from disease:
- Clear away tall grasses, shrubs and overhanging trees that are near your home
- Do not allow your pet to walk through heavily-wooded areas or tall grasses
- Keep your pet on year-round flea and tick preventative
- Consider having your dog vaccinated against Lyme disease and ask your veterinarian for recommendations
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Preventing Lyme disease in your pet is the best possible treatment. While the disease itself is treatable, the process may be costly and will subject your pet to unneeded discomfort, on top of the symptoms they may already be experiencing.