Your pooch may have Lyme disease

Lyme disease is easily found on humans by the iconic bulls-eye rash, but that doesn't work for your furry friends.

Lyme disease is easily found on humans by the iconic bulls-eye rash, but that doesn't work for your furry friends. If you've been outside, especially in long grass or woodsy areas, make sure to check your pooch, especially his head and neck area, for ticks every time he goes inside.

There are two main species that carry Lyme disease. The deer tick (blacklegged tick) is found on the Eastern half of the U.S. and the western blacklegged tick lives on the West Coast.These pests love the sun. Tick season starts in the spring and ends in the fall. However, ticks can even be active during the winter if the temperature is above freezing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out.

If you do find a tick on your pup, you should take him to the Veterinarian immediately to get checked out, because Lyme can take months to show symptoms in dogs. Common symptoms include shifting-leg lameness, joint inflammation and pain, kidney failure, stiffness, sensitivity, fever, lack of appetite, swollen lymph nodes and difficulty breathing, PetMD explained. Luckily, there are antibiotics to treat Lyme disease, though treatment could take up to four weeks.

Avoid the risk all together by using a Hartz® UltraGuard® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs during tick season.


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