Tips on Caring for Your Senior Dog
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BUT WHAT ABOUT LYME DISEASE AND DOGS?
Pet owners who know about Lyme disease might still be surprised to find that it can be transmitted to their canine counterparts, as well. Just like with humans, the disease is transmitted by the bites of ticks attached to the skin. However, it is generally more difficult to detect the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs because of the lack of the characteristic rash that serves as a giveaway to humans. Additionally, because the symptoms of Lyme disease mimic the symptoms of other canine diseases, a diagnosis is often only reached through a process of elimination. Symptoms may take several months to appear, and can include everything from tiredness to painful joints to loss of appetite. High fevers are also common. In some cases, Lyme disease can lead to more severe complications involving the dog’s heart, nervous system and other internal organs. So what all can you do to ensure your dog’s safety? Fortunately, quite a bit:
Perhaps the most important piece of information to take away is that Lyme disease in dogs is a potentially serious ailment, but there are a number of measures that can be taken to prevent complications. The most important of these measures is preparedness. Consistently checking your dog’s skin for ticks means they can be removed before they ever have the chance to spread Lyme in the first place. And if you ever come across a tick that has been latched to your dog for an unknown period of time, remove it immediately and pay close attention to your dog’s behavior in the following days or weeks. Better yet, contact a veterinarian for a professional evaluation. For humans and dogs alike, Lyme disease is a very real disease, but it is also one that can be beaten.