Lyme disease affects many dogs, but only 5-10% of them show any signs.
This disease can be life-threatening for dogs and can cause lifelong damage.
So how can you detect this disease in your dog and help keep them healthy?
Continue reading to discover the signs of Lyme disease in dogs, along with ways of treating and protecting fido from it.
Pets can be infected with Lyme disease and not show any signs for 2-5 months.
If you notice that your dog has an unusual fever, you may want to get them to the vet. Fevers are one of the first signs of Lyme disease in dogs. Dogs that have a fever should be getting rest and drink small amounts of water to stay hydrated.
2. Joint Swelling
Have you noticed that Fido is moving slower than normal?
Signs of Lyme disease in dogs vary. However, most experience pain and swelling around their joints. If Lyme disease goes untreated, your dog’s joint pain could potentially lead to nerve damage.
It is not uncommon for dogs to experience chronic joint pain from this deadly bacteria.
3. Decreased Activity
If your dog is not being as active as they normally are, the may have a hitchhiker attached to them.
Shortly after a tick attaches itself to the dog, it transmits the disease. The dog’s joints, lymph nodes, and muscles are affected once the disease is transferred.
Another reason that you may see a decline in your dog’s activity is that they are experiencing joint pain. Joint swelling and pain can slow your dog down and make them less likely to get up.
4. Loss of Appetite
A loss of appetite is a symptom of acute Lyme disease. It is still at its early stages but can lead to anorexia.
It is important to pay attention to when your dog is eating. If they aren’t wanting treats after going outside or don’t run to their food bowl, they may not be feeling well.
When infected with Lyme disease, your dog won’t want to eat as much. If you don’t recognize this quick enough, your dog could suffer more from an empty stomach.
5. Pain and Discomfort
Joint and nerve damage often show up when your dog has Lyme disease.
The disease starts within your dog and can lead to physical problems. Inflammation can get uncomfortable. If your dog seems restless and doesn’t look very well, they may be dealing with pain.
Ticks are also uncomfortable, so it is important to remove them as quickly as possible.
How Can You Help with Lyme Disease in Dogs?
Many times you may not feel like you can do much to help them. Read below if you aren’t sure of the correct steps to take if your pup has Lyme disease.
Once you begin to see signs of Lyme disease, it is best to take your furry friend to the vet.
It is important to always check your dog’s paws, face, and body. Ticks and other pests can attach to their hair or fur easily. The faster you can get them off of your dog, the less damage that they can do.
Be sure to follow the correct steps for tick removal to ensure your pup is safe.
Many people think that ticks are the transmitter for Lyme disease. The bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, is what gives you dog Lyme disease, not ticks. Ticks carry the bacteria, and when they attach to your pup, the bacteria are transmitted.
The vet will likely put your pup on antibiotics for at least 30 days. Depending on the severity, you may have to administer antibiotics for longer. If your dog is suffering from a specific condition and is hindering their well-being, therapy may also be needed.
The best way to combat ticks throughout the year is with vet-approved flea and tick medications. Spring and fall are the most popular times for ticks.
If you are concerned about Lyme disease, you may want to avoid areas where ticks are likely to be. The woods and grassy settings are not the best environments for your dog.
Keep Fido Happy and Healthy with These Tricks
No one wants to see their beloved furry friend suffer. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help avoid those situations.
If you want your dog to be healthy, you will have to take them to the vet for check-ups. The vet can also run tests to ensure that your dog is feeling the best they can! Vaccinations may also be needed to avoid other illnesses as well.
Keeping your dog happy and healthy goes much further beyond Lyme disease, though.
You should always treat your animals with love and be kind to them. This helps prevent anxiety and can build a strong bond between the two of you. It is also important to supply Fido with basic needs.
One of the best ways to keep your dog healthy is by getting them enough exercise. This is helpful for both you and your pup.
Help Make Your Dog Feel Pawsome
As an owner and best friend, it is important to understand the signs of Lyme disease in dogs.
Dogs typically get Lyme disease from walking through grassy and wooded areas where ticks are at. The disease can take time to show. Symptoms such as a fever, loss of appetite, and decreased activity are the first signs to look for.
To keep your dog happy and healthy, it is important to regularly take them to the vet for check-ups and vaccinations. Giving them a balanced diet and frequent exercise can also help keep your pup wagging their tail.
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