Lyme disease affects dogs differently, and some may not display any clinical signs at all. Some cases start with limping, swelling in the lymph nodes and fever can progress to include loss of appetite and lethargy. It can also attack a dog’s joints which can be very painful.
Watch for these signs since they may not begin to show up until two to six months after the dog has contracted the disease. Antibiotics can help treat the disease but does not eliminate the organism. Lyme disease is a recurring condition that can strike again and again once a dog contracts it.
According to the CDC, about 20,000 new human cases of Lyme disease are reported in the U.S. annually.
Here are a few signs that your dog may be at an increased risk:
- Does your dog spend time in wooded or grassy areas?
- Is your dog outdoors during the warmer months, i.e., peak tick season?
- Does your dog live in or visit such Lyme-endemic areas as the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic or upper Midwest?
Protect Your Dog From Lyme Disease:
- Get your dog vaccinated with RECOMBITEK® Lyme vaccine.
- Apply a topical tick control product monthly. FRONTLINE® Plus for dogs and CERTIFECT® for dogs kill ticks that may transmit Lyme disease.
- Brush dogs frequently during tick season and conduct thorough tick checks.
- If you find a tick attached, remove it promptly with tweezers and without crushing the tick. Contact your veterinarian if you are concerned.
- Avoid heavily wooded areas during tick season.
- Wear light-colored clothing to help you see and remove ticks.
- Wear a long sleeve shirt and tuck long pant tucked into socks.
- Conduct a full-body tick check after being in wooded areas.