Lyme Disease and Your Pet
It’s finally May, and spring is in full bloom! Unfortunately, it is also tick season, and as the weather gets warmer we tend to see more dogs come in with pesky little ticks! Ticks can spread multiple diseases such as ehrlichia, anaplasmosis, and lyme disease.
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases we see in dogs and causes symptoms such as fever, lameness, swelling in the joints, and enlarged lymph nodes. They can also be lethargic and show loss of appetite. Ticks are tricky, though, because most symptoms of lyme disease appear between two and five months after initial exposure to an infected tick! Lyme disease can usually be treated, however, there are preventive measures you can take to prevent your dog from contracting it.
Protect Your Pets & Family Against Harmful Parasites
Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ll probably be spending more time outside with your pets. This means they are more likely to become exposed to insects and parasites.
Each year, many pets are diagnosed with diseases carried by insects and parasites. The cost of treatment can be expensive, and some diseases can lead to serious illnesses. Many of these parasites can even be transmitted to you and your family if your pet becomes infected.
Prevention is the best approach in protecting your pet, and family, against heartworms, parasites, and flea/tick infestations. Here’s what we recommend: