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Dogs With Lyme Disease

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Outdoor enthusiasts know all too well that ticks with Lyme Disease exist; and for those unfortunate enough to get bit by a tick, they know the pain and suffering that comes from these bugs. While outdoor enthusiasts are preparing for outdoor activities this spring, they must be reminded that not only can they get tick-borne diseases, but so can their four-legged friends.

Both dogs and cats can get Lyme Disease; but dogs have it worse off. Cats with ticks will feel lethargic and weak for several days, but then go back to normal activity; but dogs aren't so lucky. In addition to Lyme, dogs can develop other tick illnesses including:

  • Anaplasmosis
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Hepatazoonosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Bartonellosis

Dogs bit by an infected tick will develop several symptoms including:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Weak Muscles
  • Muscle Aches/Joint Pains
  • Difficulty Eating/Swallowing
  • Fast Heart Beat

To prevent the spread of Lyme Disease in dogs, pet owners must check their pets for ticks after outdoor hikes; trips to the dog park; and backyard playtime. They will need to remove the tick effectively with a tick remover tool; and take the dog to the vet for evaluation. 

Click here for more tick disease prevention tips for both individuals and pets.