Lyme In Dogs Month
Pet owners are often surprised to learn that dogs can get Lyme Disease, the most common tick-borne disease from deer ticks. Although the Eastern Black-legged Tick, or "deer tick" is known to carry Lyme Disease, it is not the only tick species that can transfer to the disease to dogs.
Symptoms of dogs can come several weeks after a tick bite and can last for up to 2-5 months. Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs may vary, but include:
- High blood pressure
- Fast heart rate and rhythm (tachyarrhythmias)
- Weakness, especially in the hind limbs
- Partial loss of muscle movements (paresis)
- Complete loss of muscle movement (paralysis), commonly seen in advanced disease state
- Poor reflexes to complete loss of reflex
- Low muscle tone (hypotonia)
- Difficulty in eating
- Disorder of voice (dysphonia)
- Asphyxia due to respiratory muscle paralysis in severely affected animals
- Excessive drooling (sialosis)
- Megaesophagus (enlarged esophagus)
- Excessive dilatation of pupil in the eye (mydriasis)
It's important to groom dogs for ticks after outdoor activity; and know how to remove a tick from pets.
To prevent Lyme Disease in dogs, EasyPetFence.com encourages pet owners to install a dog fence to keep out wildlife that may be carrying ticks with vector diseases. The logic is simple: if homeowners keep out deer they will reduce the spread of ticks in the yard and will keep pets safe from tick bites.
This Lyme Disease Prevention In Dogs Month, keep a look out for pet ticks and read the EasyPetFence blog for more tick disease prevention tips.
Tick Awareness Month
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association declares March to be National Tick Awareness Month, a time for pet owners in Canada to learn about tick prevention.
March is the start of tick season, as temperatures rise above freezing. Although not all ticks carry the Lyme Disease bacterium, some ticks carry other tick-borne diseases that can affect animal health after a tick bite.
Some ticks are more aggressive towards dogs than others including the Eastern Black-legged Tick (Deer Tick) and the American Dog Tick (Wood Tick).
The deer tick seeks humans and pets year-round and can be found in grassy and woody areas as well as inside and outside the home. In contrast, the American Dog (Wood Tick) Tick is active during April-August and only lives in woody areas. Keeping an eye on both tick species will prevent your dog from possibly contracting Lyme Disease from deer ticks and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from the wood tick.
Because ticks are now active across North America, it is advised to homeowners that they build dog fencing to keep out deer and other wildlife that may be carrying tick illnesses. For pet owners who like to explore the Great Outdoors with their dogs, it's important to know how to remove a tick and the signs of Lyme Disease.
Protect dogs from ticks this March during #TickAwarenessMonth; and follow the conversation on @EasyPetFence.com Facebook.