How to Prevent Lyme Disease in Your Pet
Slow-moving parasites awaken as the frigid winter weather gradually disappears and is replaced by the warm spring weather. As a result, April is the ideal month to observe Lyme Disease Prevention in Dogs Month. Take steps to lessen the possibility that your pet will provide a ride—or a meal—for ticks, and get familiar with the symptoms of Lyme disease to ensure your canine companion receives the proper care.
Dogs showing symptoms of Lyme illness
One of the most widespread tick-borne diseases in the world is lyme disease, but only 5% to 10% of afflicted dogs exhibit symptoms, and the sickness may not manifest for months after the initial bite.
Dogs may exhibit the following symptoms of Lyme disease:
- Lameness of the shifting legs
- Lethargy Fever
- lymph nodes that are swollen
- Joints that are painful and inflamed
The bacterium that causes Lyme disease can be diminished by antibiotics, but it is not usually totally eradicated, and chronic illness might result. As your dog’s condition recurs, the symptoms may wax and wane. Although it’s rare, renal disease can also manifest as vomiting, diarrhea, and increased urination and thirst.
How to safeguard your pet from Lyme illness
Lyme illness can have long-lasting repercussions on your pet’s health in addition to having an impact on you. By taking the following precautions, you can save your family and pet against the disease’s severe effects:
- Mow your lawn frequently because ticks are hardly ever detected in short grass.
- Avoid going on walks through tick habitat – While taking your pet on a walk through the woods might be a lot of fun, thick bushes and leafy litter are breeding grounds for ticks.
- Check your pet – Carefully check your pet for crawling or attached ticks. Prime locations are between the toes, under the tail, in the crotch, and close to the ears.
- By killing ticks before they can spread the pathogen, monthly tick prevention will protect your pet from Lyme disease.
- Vaccinate your pet – Find out if your dog needs the Lyme vaccine from your vet.