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Ticks and Lyme Disease – What this means for your pet

In light of recent, area-wide attention being given to a rise in tick-borne illnesses like Lye disease, read how you can protect yourself and your pet.

Ticks are one of the most dangerous pests out there for dogs. They affect dogs throughout the North American continent and carry multiple harmful diseases that can cause serious health concerns. Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are just three of the most common.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease—named after the town of Lyme, Connecticut, where the disease was first reported—is caused by a bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. The black-legged deer tick is the most common carrier; the tick infects a dog when it bites the dog and feeds on blood, transmitting the bacteria into the dog’s bloodstream through saliva.

Symptoms & Treatment

Symptoms of Lyme disease include lethargy, loss of appetite, fever, joint pain, as well as kidney inflammation.  Treatment of Lyme disease will involve antibiotics to kill off the bacteria, and additional medications may be prescribed to help with pain and inflammation.

Prevention

These common tick-borne illnesses, as well as many others, can all be prevented with high-quality flea-and-tick prevention. Dogs who are not currently on a tick preventative should be prescribed one as soon as possible. Call our office today to discuss the best preventative and vaccine available for your pet.

What to do if you suspect your pet has come in contact with a tick.

Give the team at Pet Vet Family Pet Care Center a call to schedule an appointment.  It’s best to not attempt to remove the tick yourself.  It is important to take all necessary precautions when removing a tick so give us a call right away.

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