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Can Dogs Get Lyme Disease?

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 months ago

Lyme disease is a common infectious disease which affects not only us but our dogs as well. Unlike humans though, a dog can test positive for Lyme disease and not have any symptoms – making it questionable to treat. 

Treating a Dog Who Tests Positive 

The answer as to whether or not to treat a dog who tests positive is difficult. There is some controversy regarding Lyme disease and each veterinarian has a different perspective. 

Usually, only around 10% of dogs who have Lyme disease show symptoms. Some veterinarians will argue, if a dog appears to be healthy, treatment is not necessary.

If your dog is one who tests positive, you should discuss the options with your veterinarian. 

What Are the Common Symptoms? 

Symptoms of Lyme Disease include: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Lethargic behavior 
  • Enlarged lymph nodes 
  • General lameness 

The symptoms usually aren’t seen until up to five months following the infection. At this point, some type of antibiotic may be provided by your veterinarian. 

Can I Remove a Tick Myself? 

If you are comfortable removing the tick from your dog, you don’t necessarily need to visit your veterinarian immediately but be certain to give him or her a call to inform them of the bite.  

The best way to remove a tick is by using tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible. Remove the tick by pulling straight out. Be certain not to twist or crush the tick as you remove it. You must be sure to remove all parts of the tick that has bitten your furry friend.

If you aren’t comfortable removing the tick, you can request your veterinarian do this for you. 

Be sure to wash your hands following removal. 

Is Lyme Disease Contagious from Dog to Human? 

No, Lyme Disease cannot be transmitted from your dog to you. But, if a tick were to crawl out of your dog’s skin and grab onto yours, you could be at risk as well. 

Are Vaccinations Available for Dogs? 

There are vaccinations available for dogs to prevent Lyme Disease. These are provided on a case-by-case basis and not provided to every dog. This is an option to discuss with your veterinarian if you are concerned, though.  

Your veterinarian will likely want to test your dog for Lyme Disease before the vaccination is provided.

Affordable Health Care for Your Dog 

A health insurance plan for your dog is the best way to ensure he always has access to medical care without breaking the bank.  

Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and you can just focus on your pet’s care.

The team at PetFirst Pet Insurance loves helping pet parents have the ability to give their pets the best care possible. As a pet parent, you can find the best coverage for your furry friend with PetFirst and our various options that fit your families needs.

Pet health insurance through PetFirst can help you offset the costs of a variety of medical conditions in your dog or cat.

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