Lyme Disease In Dogs: How To Prevent It And Stop It In The First Place

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that can affect dogs, cats, horses, wild mammals, and even humans. The bacterium is carried by the deer tick and western black-legged tick. The deer tick can be found throughout the Midwestern and Eastern United States. Some dogs bitten by a tick might not show any signs at all, but can be lifelong carriers of lyme disease.

White Chihuahua with a tick crawling on its head

Fever, lethargy, and lameness are the most frequently reported signs. Joints can be especially painful. Some pets have a "shifting leg lameness". Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium named Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted through a tick bite within 24 to 48 hours. Once inside the bloodstream, it can spread through connective tissue and to other parts of the body, especially the kidneys.

Black Border collie thinking about ticks

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, can help with pain and swelling. Gabapentin, a medicine for neuropathic pain, is also effective in cases of tick disease. Active research is being done on the benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

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Grassy and wooded areas are the two most common places for tick to hide. Topical tick preventives from your veterinary clinic are highly effective in killing ticks within a few hours of exposure. There is a vaccination available that is very effective. It's important to recognize clinical signs and get it quickly diagnosed. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for more information on how you can prevent the spread of Lyme disease in your pets. Check Out for more SitStay Works . . .

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