The Most Common Tick-Borne Dog Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness our veterinarian treats because we live in one of the nation’s prime hot-spots for this human and dog disease. It is transmitted when a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria feasts on your dog’s blood. Typical symptoms include lameness from pain and swelling in the joints. Lethargy and lack of appetite may also appear, and in severe cases, kidney, heart and nervous system damage can occur. Ticks bite in the spring and summer when people and their pets play outside.
Dillsburg Veterinarian Gives Lyme Disease Prevention Tips

Just because we live in a tick-infested area does not mean that you and your pet should stay locked up in the house. Our Dillsburg veterinarian, Sara Mummert, MVB, has Lyme disease prevention tips to help ward off this common dog disease:

Flea & Tick Preventatives—See our veterinarian for an appropriate tick-killing preparation for your pet to wear. Keep in mind never to use a tick medication made for cats on your dog, or vice versa. These generally need to be reapplied once a month, but kill any tick that tries to attach itself to your pet.

Avoid Hotspots—Avoid playing or walking through densely wooded areas or tall grass. Deer and rodents who carry the disease and attract ticks live there.

Daily Grooming—Check yourself and your pet for ticks after every outdoor play session. If you find a tick, remove it promptly and carefully with a pair of tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out without twisting. If the head breaks off and stays in the skin, call us right away and come in for help. If you remove ticks within the first 24 hours after they attach, the chances of contracting this painful dog disease are slim. After 36 hours, however, the chances of illness rise significantly.

Have you or your pet ever had this, or any other tick-borne disease? How did it happen? What were the symptoms?