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The Risk of Lyme Disease in Pets

The Risk of Lyme Disease in Pets

Ticks are some of the most feared bugs in the United States even if they are some of the smallest. Some people have trouble spotting ticks because of their tiny size. Those who do spot ticks find them when it’s too late; after the tick has bitten and lodged itself into their body. Ticks are not just a threat to humans. They can also pose a risk of spreading Lyme disease to pets, specifically dogs and cats. All breeds of dogs are at risk for contracting Lyme disease, but those used for hunting purposes have a greater risk because of their ongoing presence in wooded areas.

Dogs are Sentinels

Dogs are sentinels, which means that if they are infected with a tick-borne disease, such as Lyme disease, the dog’s owners will likely become infected too. The reason for this is that the owner is likely to be bitten by a tick brought into the home by the dog. Even if the dog’s owner is bitten first, it is possible that the dog could also wind up being bitten by the tick.

Frequent Inspection is Necessary

Since dogs, and cats, are at risk for contracting Lyme disease, it’s imperative that all pet owners frequently inspect their pets. Inspection should be done each time you come inside with your pet. Even if you were only outside for five minutes walking the dog, you should still check the pet for ticks. It takes roughly 50 hours for a tick to transmit Lyme disease after a bite, so finding the tick early can prevent the disease from being transmitted to your dog or cat.

Commonly Known Locations

Some of the most common areas in the United States for Lyme disease are the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. With a strong tick season predicted for 2017, pet owners in New Jersey and the rest of the tri-state area should be extra vigilant when checking their pets for the presence of ticks. They should also check themselves in order to prevent a tick carrying Lyme disease to make its way to their pet later.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Pets

If your pet has been bitten by a tick and you didn’t notice it right away, you will want to be on the lookout for the common symptoms pets exhibit. These symptoms include any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Lethargy (inability to exercise)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Swollen joints
  • Joints are warm to the touch
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal buildup of fluids
  • Weight loss
  • Development of kidney problems

It is possible for signs of Lyme disease to disappear on their own in pets, only to reappear down the road. This does not mean that the disease ever left the pet’s body. It only means it stop manifesting in the form of symptoms. If Lyme disease is left untreated, your pet could experience long-term issues with their kidneys, heart, and even nervous system.

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