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Prevent Lyme Disease In Dogs Month

For pet owners who have an indoor-outdoor dog, we recommend that you pay attention and learn about Lyme Disease Prevention Month in Dogs, this April 2018. 

About the Eastern Black-legged Tick

As the snow melts and the temperatures rise above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit), deer and other wildlife carrying ticks will come onto lawns more frequently in search of food. The Eastern Black-legged tick, also known as the 'deer tick' are most commonly sighted in grassy and woody areas; underneath leaves/ fire logs; on trails; and in home gardens where there are opportunities to feed on warm-blooded mammals. Although they are known as the 'deer tick,' they will also feed on other types of wildlife, pets and humans. 

The Eastern Black-legged tick is the most common tick species in North America carrying the notorious tick-borne disease, Lyme Disease. We focus so much on human diagnosis, that we do not consider the fact that dogs and cats getting the disease when they are just as likely to get Lyme than humans. 

It's important to always groom pets after outdoor playtime and search for ticks that may be hiding in the fur. Ticks generally hide on dogs in the following areas:

  • Between toes
  • In the groin area
  • Underneath dog collars/clothes
  • Elbows
  • Under the tail
  • In and around the ears

Know how to remove a dog tick, if spotted. 

Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme Disease is generally spread by ticks within 24-48 hours of attaching to a human or dog. If your dog is experiencing the following symptoms, then the dog may have a tick bite.

  • Vomiting
  • Regurgitation
  • Unsteadiness
  • 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)

Clinical illness in dogs lasts from 2-5 months; and can be treated with antibiotics like Doxycycline or Amoxicillin, if caught in the early stages. 

Is Lyme Disease Fatal In Dogs?

Some dogs that develop kidney disease from #Lyme become severely ill or die. See a vet as soon as you successfully remove the dog tick from your pet's skin.  

For Lyme Disease Prevention this month, EasyPetFence encourages homeowners to install a dog fence around properties to keep out wildlife that may be carrying ticks. The logic is simple: Keep out deer, reduce the risk of tick diseases. 

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