Understanding Lyme disease and its effects on dogs

Understanding Lyme disease and its effects on dogs

Fleas and ticks are a constant problem throughout the year, but they can be especially difficult to contain during the spring and summer. Warm weather makes it easier for these pests to thrive, forcing pet owners to focus more on flea and tick control in order to maintain dog wellness. These days, parasites do more than bite and irritate the skin. Ticks are specifically known for carrying bacteria that causes Lyme disease, which is a threat to both humans and animals.

Can Lyme disease harm dogs?
You might already know some of the negative health consequences that come from contracting Lyme disease. A red rash in the shape of a bull's eye, fever and joint pain are all associated with this ailment. However, dogs can be infected with Lyme disease as well, and their symptoms slightly differ. In addition to showing some signs of aching, your pet might seem more lethargic if he contracts the illness, according to Cornell University. They may last for weeks until they're identified by owners and examined by professionals.

If an animal is not treated quickly, it becomes at risk for kidney failure, heart block and death. However, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals claims that antibiotics are typically effective when it comes to treating the illness, just as they are in humans with Lyme disease.

Is it possible to prevent Lyme disease?
Lyme disease can be easily prevented in dogs just as it is in humans. Hartz® UltraGuard Pro® Flea & Tick Treatment for Dogs and Puppies can prevent fleas, ticks and mosquitoes from latching onto dogs for up to 30 days. A visual inspection of fur for any lingering parasites can also be an effective way to keep diseases at bay.

Humans can steer clear of infected ticks by avoiding heavily wooded areas. When trekking through tall grass, wearing long sleeves and pants can keep parasites from hitching a ride. You should thoroughly check your clothing – just as you would inspect your pet's coat – before going inside. By taking these preventative steps into consideration, you can gain peace of mind, knowing you're reducing your chances of contracting a parasite-related illness.

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