Lyme Disease

Health

Hello everyone, Olivia here. A few days ago I spoke about ticks, today I want to explain why they are such a threat. Where I live in rural Eastern Ontario, ticks are a big concern this spring. The shifting climate has made for ideal conditions for the tick population to explode.

Ticks can transmit something terrible called, Lyme Disease, which is caused by a bacteria called, Borrelia burgdorferi. It can be transmitted to canines through the bite of infected ticks. Not all ticks carry this disease, they contract it by feeding on infected animals such as deer, mice, chipmunks or even moose. Female ticks will pass the infection on to her offspring.

The symptoms of Lyme Disease in dogs can include arthritis (sudden lameness), pain, fever, lack of appetite, dehydration, lethargy, swollen lymph nodes & joints. These symptoms may not develop for up to five months after infection.

If you live in a high risk area, it may be wise to have a vet test your good dog even if you’ve seen no ticks. That being said, testing for Lyme Disease is difficult because false negative results are common.

If your good dog does contract Lyme Disease the good news is canines usually respond quickly to antibiotic treatments. Be sure to follow-up with your vet right away if your pet’s condition doesn’t improve. Left untreated, Lyme Disease can cause kidney damage & even death.

During these warm months, if you are out in nature with your good dog, it is vital that you check for ticks once back home. Run your hands over the whole body & do a visual inspection. If a tick has attached itself, you need it removed quickly. Put it in a jar or pill bottle with alcohol & have your vet send it away for testing.

CEO Olivia

 

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