Your Dog Has Lyme
We don't mean to freak out dog owners; but the truth is that we are in the heart of tick season; and dogs are prone to tick diseases this time of year.
Ticks hide in grassy areas in the warm months of the year; and when dogs are outside playing in the yard, ticks have the opportunity to bury into their fur. If dog owners do not regularly groom dogs for ticks, they may be surprised to learn that their pet has Lyme.
After being outside, how is your dog feeling? These are the symptoms of Lyme Disease in Dogs:
- Fast heart beat
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of muscle movement
- Lack of appetite
- High blood pressure
Lyme Disease can be transmitted in just 24 hours. Remove the tick as soon as possible; and take the dog to the vet for Lyme testing. #LymeDiseaseAwarenessMonth
Lyme Disease Month
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month because this month is the heart of tick season. Now that spring is here, pet owners are out taking their dogs for walks or to the dog park to play with other animals. And, the grassy areas are where ticks hide out most in search of their next blood meal.
Not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, or diseases at all - but when a tick is embedded in your skin [or your pet's skin], there really isn't time to flip a coin to see how lucky you might be. Lyme Disease affects over 300,000 individuals each year including over 100000 dogs in the United States. This year alone, there have already been close to 74000 dogs that have positively tested for Lyme out of 1 million tested!
Lyme Disease leaves individuals feeling weak, sick and bed-ridden. Dogs with Lyme will feel lethargic, weak and unable to eat. They will have an increase in blood pressure and will experience excessive drooling.
Pet owners should groom dogs regularly in search of ticks. Ticks like to hide in the fur in the following regions:
- Between toes
- In the groin area
- Underneath dog collars/clothes
- Under the tail
- In and around the ears
Removing a tick is easy; but don't give in to common myths such as burning the tick with a match; applying nail polish remover; and picking the tick off with your fingers.