5 Facts You May Not Know About Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme disease occurs in dogs as like human. It a very serious disease in dogs. The disease will begin to shut down the organs and the dog’s system slowly. If the disease is left untreated it would lead to death in dogs. Here are some interesting facts about Lyme disease in dogs.

The Real Cause

Lyme disease is commonly referred as tick-borne disease. But the recent studies say that the main reason for Lyme is the bacterial spirochetes of the genes Borrelia which is most commonly referred as Borrelia burgdorferi in North America. The bacteria are transmitted by the infected tick’s bite.

Tick’s Carry Lyme Disease

It’s not all the ticks carry the bacteria but few species of ticks like the black-legged tick and the western black-legged tick can transmit the disease.Other species of ticks are also found to transfer the disease in Europe and Asia.

Transmission Time

It takes 24-48 hours for the tick to transfer the disease after its bite, therefore, it can be easily warded off easily by removing the tick out of the dog’s body. Check your dogs in places where the ticks are prone to stick on and remove them regularly.

Tick’s Environment

Not only woods are the residing place for ticks but even your backyard landscaping and shrubs cab are the harbour for the ticks. It is also found that the ticks are more prone in deer and the population of tick in finding equal to that of deer and therefore if you reside in a place where deer are more, then ensure the safety of your dog from the ticks bite.

Treatment for Lyme Disease

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The Lyme disease is treatable fortunately and it’s not necessary to when you pet has the disease. Treat your pet with the antibiotics such as doxycycline for 4 weeks. Also, discuss with your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

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