Here at Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, we want to help you keep your pet happy and healthy. Caring for your pet involves a number of things, but one of the most important is making sure that you protect them from tick bites. As part of National Lyme Disease Prevention month, in this article, we will be going over some key things that you need to know about ticks and Lyme disease.
- What Is Lyme Disease? Lyme disease is an illness that can affect both humans and animals, and can cause serious recurring health problems. Some symptoms of Lyme disease that appear in pets are fever, loss of appetite, decreased activity, joint swelling, and even lameness. This disease is spread via tick bites, so the best way to prevent your pet from contracting it is to use proper tick control measures.
- How Ticks Spread It- Ticks are tiny, parasitic insects that latch onto humans or animals to feed on their blood. Once a tick attaches to a host, it can remain there for up to 48 hours. During this time, any bacteria it carries can make their way into the host’s bloodstream, including those that cause Lyme disease.
- How to Prevent It- To prevent your pet from getting bitten, we recommend that you avoid places where ticks are likely to be, such as tall grasses, wooded areas, or marshes. We also recommend that you check both your pet and yourself for ticks once you arrive back at home. Finally, we can treat your pet with an annual Lyme disease vaccine to offer another layer of protection.