Lyme Disease: How To Prevent It In Your Dog'S Body (And Pet'S Body)

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that can affect dogs, cats, horses, wild mammals, and even humans. The bacterium is carried by tick, most commonly the deer tick and western black-legged tick. The deer tick can be found all over the Midwestern and Eastern United States.

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Some dogs bitten by a tick might not show any signs at all, but can be lifelong carriers of lyme disease. Fever, lethargy, and lameness are the most frequently reported signs. Joints can be especially painful. Some affected dogs might have a “shifting leg lameness”. Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium named Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted by an infected tick bite within 24 to 48 hours.

Black Border collie thinking about ticks

Once inside the bloodstream, it can spread through connective tissue and to other parts of the body, especially the kidneys. 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-borne disease.

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Active research is being done on the benefits of CBD oil for dogs. Grassy and wooded areas are where tickers hide . Topical tick products and tick preventives from your veterinary doctor are highly effective in killing tick bites. A vaccination is important for dogs that live in areas where the disease is endemic. It is important to recognize the clinical signs and to be quickly diagnosed. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for more information on how you can prevent tickle disease in your pets. Check Out SitStay Works Out . .

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