Lyme Disease: Protect your Dog From Tick Bite Threats

Lyme DiseaseLyme Disease threatens your dog’s health because ticks know how easy it is to latch onto your dog’s body for a tasty meal.  Large populations of these bloodsuckers lounge around all year in places like woody trails and campgrounds where you take your dog for walks or enjoy vacations with your family. 

There’s no magic bullet to stop the spread of ticks because climate change and reforestation has widened the range for tick infestation. What’s more frightening is that warmer winters allow hosts for ticks to survive longer.

This news brief gives you tips to help you protect your dog against tick bites and prevent these nasty parasites from zapping your dog’s energy.  I hope this article helps you understand why it’s so important to check your dog for ticks every day to protect your dog from tick bite threats.

Symptoms of Dog Lyme Disease

Your dog will not show the bull’s eye rash that appears on people who have lyme.  Symptoms associated with dog lyme include:

  • Pain – Your dog may start to whine or have behavior that shows he’s uncomfortable due to headaches and swollen joints.
  • Fever – Watch for increased panting or lack of energy that could mean your dog has a fever.
  • Lack of appetite – Your dog may be lethargic and not be Lyme Diseaseinterested in food or treats.
  • Lameness – Joint pain from inflammation can be a sign of lyme.  Bring your dog to your veterinarian to have him checked for Lyme Disease if he favors all four legs.

8 Places on Your Dog’s Body to Look for Ticks

  1. Hair  Spend 15-30 minutes with a comb to check your dog’s skin and hair for ticks.
  2. Ears – Search around the edges of your dog’s ear flaps and inside his ears for ticks.
  3. Muzzle – Check your dog’s entire mouth including his gums, tongue and cheeks.
  4. Face – Look at all parts of your dog’s face, eyebrows and under his chin.
  5. Neck – Remove your dog’s collar and make sure there are no ticks around his neck.
  6. Paws – Look carefully in between your dog’s toes for ticks or redness.
  7. Hidden areas – Check out private areas where your dog can’t see the ticks or reach them.
  8. Vascular areas – Check your dog’s body where you’ll find blood sources like behind your dog’s knees, on his back and under his belly.

Lyme DiseaseLyme Disease Protection for your Dog

It’s a big mistake to stop tick control for your dog in winter months.  Ticks even come out on a day over 40 degrees to look for a host like your dog for a good meal.

Take these steps to protect your dog:

  • Avoid ticks – Keep your dog away from places where ticks hide like wet grassy areas, high grass and bushes, shaded areas and roughs on golf courses.
  • Herbal remedies – You can mix 3-6 drops of 100% pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle of unrefined coconut oil. Spray this natural tick repellant mixture over your dog’s body.  Keep the spray away from your dog’s eyes and nose.  Other essential oils you can choose to repel ticks include: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage, bergamot, cedar wood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, geranium, sweet orange, or rosemary.  Only use one essential oil at a time on your dog.
  • Daily check for ticks – The best way to keep your dog safe from Lyme Disease is to check your dog daily especially if you live in areas where ticks are known to thrive.
  • Remove ticks quickly – You can kill ticks on your dog within 24 hours of a bite to prevent the disease from being transmitted to your dog.

Important Note:  Tick repellants, insecticides and natural products can’t give you a 100% guarantee your dog won’t get bitten by a tick.

This article gives you tips to help you protect your dog against the health threats of tick bites.  Even though it takes time to check your dog for ticks every day, you may save your dog from a life long battle against Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease in Dogs: How To Stop Hostile Bacteria

Lyme disease in dogs is not only a health risk to your dog if you don’t know how to recognize the symptoms and you may be increasing your dog’s chances of developing kidney disease if you fail to use the vital steps outlined below.

These steps ask that you simply spend a few minutes checking for nasty and sometimes viral ticks your dog could be carrying into your home that can end up on your family’s skin and cause even worse problems that affect the health of everyone in your household and cost you money in vet and doctor bills as well as medication.

Lyme disease in dogs

The facts you are about to read on ticks will help you understand lyme disease in dogs and what you can do for tick control so your dog can still enjoy the great outdoors and not be a feeding source for nasty ticks who love to clam onto unsuspecting animals to bite and transmit bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi.

The blacklegged tick and many other types of ticks are active when the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit which lasts from early spring to early fall in the Northeast parts of the United States.  Most dogs who are exposed to Lyme disease don’t get sick but your dog may be carrying the disease for months.

Ways to Stop the Risk of Infection of Lyme Disease in Dogs

  • Daily Tick Control:  If your dog is exposed to tall grass and areas where ticks are known to be a serious problem, you know you should be checking your dog for ticks at least once a day.  Removing the tick within 12 – 24 hours is the best way to stop the risk of infection because ticks must feed for at least 12 hours before they can transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.  The places to look for ticks are mostly near your dog’s ears, between your dog’s toes and on the underside of your dog’s legs called the “armpits.”

Lyme disease in dogs

  • Tick Prevention Products and Tick Collars:  Always consult with your veterinarian if you decide to use parasite preventatives and also keep your yard trimmed if ticks are prevalent in your area.  Rose Geranium essential oil can be applied to your dog’s collar as a natural tick repellent.
  • Vaccinations for Lyme Disease in Dogs:  The jury is out on this method because the number of dogs that contract Lyme disease usually recover fairly quickly and there is a chance that the vaccination can contribute to the problems related to the immune response to the bacteria.
  • Early Symptoms of Lyme Disease: Lameness, fever, lack of appetite, lethargy, runny eyes and nose and weight loss.  Call your veterinarian immediately when you notice these signs so you can take care of your dog’s health before further damage is done that will cause kidney disease and a high vet bills that could be eliminated with early detection and treatment.

Lyme disease in dogs

You have just read about ways to stop the risk of Lyme disease in dogs that can save you the expense of vet bills and help prevent your dog from more dangerous consequences like kidney disease.  Dogs who develop kidney disease become extremely ill and may not respond to treatment.  The best practice to keep your dog and your family healthy is always early detection of symptoms and immediate treatment.  Share this article and watch for more dog health strategies to make your dog well from Dog Health News™.

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