Lyme Disease In Dogs

Have you ever noticed a tick on your dogs? Especially when dogs live outside, ticks can happen. But sometimes ticks can bring Lyme disease with them, and it’s a risk to both dogs and humans. Read on to learn more about Lyme disease and your dog.

Risk Of Lyme Disease In Dogs

Lyme can affect dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. The more time a dog spends outside in areas where ticks are prevalent, the greater the risk! In addition to Lyme disease, dogs are at risk for many other different tick-borne infections. To learn more about other tick-borne diseases, visit www.dogsandticks.com.

There are several scary things about Lyme disease:

  • People can also be infected by the same ticks that infect our dogs. If your dog is a tick magnet, make sure you talk to your veterinarian about proper protection.
  • Ticks are not always easy to spot, and it is almost impossible to identify a tick bite—especially if your dog has a thick coat.
  • Symptoms of Lyme disease vary and can be difficult to detect, with warning signs that may not appear until several months after infection.

– via Pet Health Network

If you’ve noticed a flea on your dog recently, it’s important to watch for signs of Lyme disease in your furry friend. Keep a close eye on him, because the sooner you realize there’s a problem, the sooner you can get him the treatment he needs!

What are the disease signs in dogs?

In contrast to human cases of Lyme disease, where three different stages are well known, Lyme disease in dogs is primarily and acute or subacute arthritis. The acute form may be transient and may recur in some cases. The devastating chronic stage in humans with systemic disease has rarely been seen in dogs.

Dogs show sudden lameness and sometimes signs of severe pain. One or more joints may be involved. Joints are often swollen, hot, and painful upon manipulation. Dogs may have fever and be off-feed and lethargic. Some become severely depressed and are reluctant to move. Lameness may recur after a period of recovery lasting several weeks.

Work at the Baker Institute has shown that the incubation period in dogs is longer than previously believed. Lameness in dogs occurs an average of two to five months after tick exposure.

The first stage of human Lyme disease, a skin rash called erythema chronica migrans, is rarely seen in dogs. Some symptoms associated with the later stages of Lyme disease in humans have also been reported in rare instances in dogs. They include heart block, kidney failure, and neurological changes such as seizures, aggression, and other behavior changes.

– via bakerinstitute.vet.cornell.edu

What do you do to prevent ticks on your dog?