Lyme Disease in Dogs is on the Rise
New Hampshire !
Author, Noelle Schuller,
According to Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health Report, one in fifteen dogs in New Hampshire was infected by Lyme disease in 2013. The Northeast has the highest rate of dogs being infected by Lyme disease. Nationwide, only one in 130 dogs were infected so Lyme disease in New Hampshire is a serious problem!
Lyme disease is transmitted to dogs by a tick bite. The longer a tick feeds off your dog, the greater the risk of infection is. In fact, if you catch the tick on your dog within the first twelve hours there is very little chance that he will become infected.
Early Stage Signs of Lyme disease:
- Sudden lameness
- Signs of pain
- Swollen joints that are hot to the touch
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Late Stage Signs of Lyme disease:
- Heart block
- Aggression or other significant behavioral changes
Diagnosing Lyme disease in Dogs:
- Complete physical examination
- Analysis of dog’s medical history
- Blood profile
- Blood count
- Fluid may be drawn from affected joints
Treatment and prognosis:
Once diagnosed, the dog will undergo treatment. This usually involves rest and a regimented dose of antibiotics. Some dogs may be given an anti-inflammatory drug for treatment but many vets discourage the use of that because they can hide the value of the antibiotic treatment. The long term prognosis with dogs that have been infected with Lyme disease is much more positive than their human counterparts. In fact most dogs that are infected will never actually get sick and those that do respond very well to treatment. Humans have a more severe occurrence of diseases and accompanying symptoms than dogs. However, that does not negate the importance of preventing, detecting and managing the disease.
Preventing Lyme disease in Your Dog:
- Use tick repellents such as frontline. If you are against applying chemicals to your dog, check out holisticvetcenter.com for possible natural repellents.
- Groom your dog daily. Brush him and check his body for the presence of ticks and pay close attention to his head and ears.
- Discuss the pros and cons of vaccinating against Lyme disease with your vet.
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