1 in 8 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease in
- Did you know that dogs are 50% more likely to contract lyme disease than humans?
- Dogs have been diagnosed with lyme disease in the 48 contiguous states.
We have a responsibility as pet parents to provide protection diseases like lyme.
Lyme disease symptoms are the “Four L’s”.
4. Loss of Appetite
The disease affects dogs differently and some show no signs at all. It can take up to six months for signs to become visible.
- Vaccinate against Lyme disease yearly.
- Use a monthly preventative such as Revolution on all the pets in your house year round. Nexgard is an available option for dogs.
- When walking your pet avoid the edging, vegetation, high grass areas as well as brush and leaf piles.
- Check your pet frequently for ticks. A tick needs to attach itself for 48 hours to transmit lyme disease.
If you suspect your pet may have contracted Lyme disease, please contact your veterinarian and schedule an appointment.
Treatment can be costly due to:
- Extra veterinary visits
- Costs of labwork
- Expense of antibiotics
If left untreated Lyme disease can lead to health complications such as:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Neurologic disease
Vaccination is the best step to prevention.