Lyme Disease Prevention Tips

As spring temperatures arrive and parasites become active, it’s important to take preventative measures against Lyme disease in dogs. April is dedicated to this cause, so take action to decrease the chances of your pet picking up ticks and learn to recognize signs of Lyme disease for proper treatment.

Lyme disease signs in dogs

Although Lyme disease is a prevalent tick-borne illness worldwide, only a small portion of infected dogs (5% to 10%) exhibit symptoms and the disease may not manifest until several months after the initial bite. Lyme disease signs in dogs can include:

  • Shifting-leg lameness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Inappetence
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Painful, inflamed joints

Lyme-causing bacteria can be reduced by antibiotics, but they may not eliminate it entirely, leading to chronic illness that can cause varying symptoms over time. In rare cases, kidney disease may develop, which can be identified by symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and increased thirst and urination in dogs.

How to protect your pet from Lyme disease

Lyme disease can have long-term effects on the health of both you and your pet. To safeguard your family and pet from the disease’s severe consequences, take the following measures:

  • It is important to give your pet monthly tick prevention medication in order to protect them from Lyme disease. This medication works by killing ticks before they can spread the disease.
  • To protect your dog against Lyme disease, consult your veterinarian about vaccinating your pet.
  • Mow your lawn regularly to keep it short since ticks are seldom found in short grass.
  • To avoid encountering ticks, avoid walking in areas where they are likely to live, such as tall grass and leafy debris, especially when taking your pet for a walk in the woods.
  • Examine your pet for ticks by thoroughly checking for crawling or attached ticks in areas such as near the ears, in the groin, under the tail, and between the toes.

If you want to protect your pet from developing lifelong illness due to Lyme disease, then you should consider getting regular tick prevention. You can contact our team for help in determining the best tick preventive for your four-legged friend.