What is Lyme Disease?
The origin of the Lyme disease dates back to several hundred years. The menace is also known as Lyme Borreliosis derive its name from the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium finds a carrying agent in none other than ticks. Over the years, it has become a cause of worry for many pet parents. Ticks causing Lyme phenomena in your pooch are too small to see, but can be seen with the help of microscope. This protocol can help any pet parent to know about the presence of ticks under his pet’s skin or not.
However, the phenomena is not limited to dogs only, it has troubled us humans as well. Lyme phenomena, has been a highlight of many European and American regions. Some of these areas are now marked as endemic, because of the continuous presence of this menace.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
- Redness in the adjoining area, where the tick has bitten your pooch
- Swelling in the joints
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy levels
The above symptoms will take time to develop in a canine, as initially the disease show no symptoms at all. The disease if get unnoticed could take the form of arthritis and other health disorders in your pet. The role of vet become important in this scenario as detection of this syndrome as early as possible will help your pooch in the long run.
The best policy a pet parent can follow in fighting this syndrome is to prevent your pet from any tick infestation. This is only possible when you treat your house, dog and environment simultaneously, to make it a tick free zone. Besides, awareness into the following aspects will help you develop a foresight, which will make you handy in safeguarding your pet’s interests.
- The area you live in
- The presence of ticks in the area
- Area history with regard to ticks
- Does your place fall under the ‘endemic’ zone
- Vaccinations available to counter this phenomena
- Tick Removals
- Tick Preventives
- Ensuring dog environment tick free
- Most importantly, regular watch of a veterinary doctor
- Extra measures in spring and warm season
A pet parent can easily ensure his pet’s safety against this Lyme disease. The first thing a pet owner can do in this regard is to eliminate the presence of ticks from his pet’s environment. Secondly, use vaccinations and tick removals to safeguard your pet completely from any tick disease. The most common treatments for tick removals like Frontline Plus are vital weapons to fight tick menace. However, the major thing as a pet parent you need to follow is to ensure your pet is checked by a vet at regular intervals, so as not to leave any confusion about the presence of Lyme disease in your pet.
If your area fall under a place where there is abundant of wildlife, then it is better to be extra cautious and be tactful.
David joined CanadaVetCare in 2013 as a product analyst and veterinary assistant. Being a passionate pet lover and keen animal health researcher, David had always found ways and solutions to help pet parents to improve their pets’ health. He is always happy to answer pet health-related queries and recommending pet parents for the right pet product for their furry companions.