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Protect Your Dog From Canine Flu

LYME DISEASE IN DOGS Lyme disease is caused by a corkscrew-shaped microscopic organism or spirochete, called Borelia burgdorferi. This bacterium lives in the gut of the black-legged tick, previously referred to as the deer tick (lxodes pacificus) and can be transmitted when an infected tick feeds on a dog, person, or other mammal. These ticks are extremely small, ranging from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a sesame seed. Black- legged ticks prefer to hide in shady, moist ground litter, but they can be found above ground, clinging to tall grass, brush, shrubs and low tree branches. They also inhabit gardens and lawns, particularly at the edges of woodlands and around old stone walls, where deer and white- footed mice, the ticks' preferred hosts, thrive.  Lyme disease has been found in every state in the U.S. and some provinces in Canada. Dogs are significantly more susceptible to contracting Lyme disease than are humans. Studies have shown that dogs can be at least 50% more likely to contact Lyme disease than humans.
Risk Lyme can affect dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. The more time a dog spends outside in areas where ticks are prevalent, the greater the risk! In addition to Lyme disease, dogs are at risk for being infected by many other different tick-borne diseases. There are several scary things about Lyme disease. People can also get the disease from the same ticks that infect our dogs. If your dog is a tick magnet, make sure you talk to your Avondale veterinarian about proper protection. Ticks are not always easy to spot, and it is almost impossible to identify a tick bite - especially if your dog has a thick coat. Symptoms of Lyme disease may vary and can be difficult to detect, with warning signs not appearing until several months after infection.
Signs Lyme disease can affect different organs and systems within the body. The most common symptoms you might spot are: Recurrent lameness/arthritis that lasts 3-4 days, sometimes accompanied by loss of appetite and depression Reluctance to move, or a stiff, painful gait Swollen joints that are warm to the touch Leg pain or pain throughout the body Fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes Symptoms of Lyme disease may come and go, vary from mild to severe, and mimic other conditions. In many dogs, the signs may not appear for several months after infection. In severe cases, dogs may also develop heart disease, central nervous system disorders, or fatal kidney disease.
So, let's talk about the good news. Tests are now available to accurately diagnose your dog for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. If our Avondale veterinarian suspects your pooch may have Lyme disease, they will take a thorough history of your dog's symptoms and activities and recommend testing your dog for Lyme disease, as well as other common tick-borne diseases. In some cases, dogs can be co-infected with more than one type of tick-borne disease. These include canine ehrlichiosiis, canine anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Successful treatment of Lyme disease is dependent upon early detection and the severity of your dog's symptoms. Antibiotic therapy with doxycyline is most commonly prescribed, although your veterinarian may prescribe a different antibiotic and other treatments depending on your dog's clinical signs and circumstances. In general, most dogs respond quickly with appropriate treatment and symptoms improve in as little as 24-48 hours. Follow-up testing to ensure adequate response to treatment is recommended.
There are several steps you can take to prevent your dog from getting Lyme or other tick-borne diseases: Talk to your Avondale veterinarian about tick-borne diseases in your area Use a veterinarian-recommended tick preventive on your dog Talk to your Avondale veterinarian about vaccinating your dog against Lyme disease Ask your Avondale veterinarian to conduct a tick screening at each exam Watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite Check for ticks daily
If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Here are some tips for safe and effective tick removal: Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. With a steady motion, pull the tick's body away from the skin. To prevent infection, avoid crushing the tick. After the tick removal, clean your dog's skin with soap and warm water. Throw the dead tick away with your household trash or flush it down the toilet Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick
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LYME DISEASE IN DOGS Lyme disease is caused by a corkscrew-shaped microscopic organism or spirochete, called Borelia burgdorferi. This bacterium lives in the gut of the black-legged tick, previously referred to as the deer tick (lxodes pacificus) and can be transmitted when an infected tick feeds on a dog, person, or other mammal. These ticks are extremely small, ranging from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a sesame seed. Black-legged ticks prefer to hide in shady, moist ground litter, but they can be found above ground, clinging to tall grass, brush, shrubs and low tree branches. They also inhabit gardens and lawns, particularly at the edges of woodlands and around old stone walls, where deer and white- footed mice, the ticks' preferred hosts, thrive.  Lyme disease has been found in every state in the U.S. and some provinces in Canada. Dogs are significantly more susceptible to contracting Lyme disease than are humans. Studies have shown that dogs can be at least 50% more likely to contact Lyme disease than humans.
Risk Lyme can affect dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. The more time a dog spends outside in areas where ticks are prevalent, the greater the risk! In addition to Lyme disease, dogs are at risk for being infected by many other different tick-borne diseases. There are several scary things about Lyme disease. People can also get the disease from the same ticks that infect our dogs. If your dog is a tick magnet, make sure you talk to your Avondale veterinarian about proper protection. Ticks are not always easy to spot, and it is almost impossible to identify a tick bite - especially if your dog has a thick coat. Symptoms of Lyme disease may vary and can be difficult to detect, with warning signs not appearing until several months after infection.
Signs Lyme disease can affect different organs and systems within the body. The most common symptoms you might spot are: Recurrent lameness/arthritis that lasts 3-4 days, sometimes accompanied by loss of appetite and depression Reluctance to move, or a stiff, painful gait Swollen joints that are warm to the touch Leg pain or pain throughout the body Fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes Symptoms of Lyme disease may come and go, vary from mild to severe, and mimic other conditions. In many dogs, the signs may not appear for several months after infection. In severe cases, dogs may also develop heart disease, central nervous system disorders, or fatal kidney disease.
So, let's talk about the good news. Tests are now available to accurately diagnose your dog for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. If our Avondale veterinarian suspects your pooch may have Lyme disease, they will take a thorough history of your dog's symptoms and activities and recommend testing your dog for Lyme disease, as well as other common tick-borne diseases. In some cases, dogs can be co-infected with more than one type of tick-borne disease. These include canine ehrlichiosiis, canine anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Successful treatment of Lyme disease is dependent upon early detection and the severity of your dog's symptoms. Antibiotic therapy with doxycyline is most commonly prescribed, although your veterinarian may prescribe a different antibiotic and other treatments depending on your dog's clinical signs and circumstances. In general, most dogs respond quickly with appropriate treatment and symptoms improve in as little as 24-48 hours. Follow-up testing to ensure adequate response to treatment is recommended.
There are several steps you can take to prevent your dog from getting Lyme or other tick-borne diseases: Talk to your Avondale veterinarian about tick-borne diseases in your area Use a veterinarian-recommended tick preventive on your dog Talk to your Avondale veterinarian about vaccinating your dog against Lyme disease Ask your Avondale veterinarian to conduct a tick screening at each exam Watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite Check for ticks daily
If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. Here are some tips for safe and effective tick removal: Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands Grasp the tick very close to the skin with a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. With a steady motion, pull the tick's body away from the skin. To prevent infection, avoid crushing the tick. After the tick removal, clean your dog's skin with soap and warm water. Throw the dead tick away with your household trash or flush it down the toilet Never use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish or other products to remove a tick
Veterinary Healthcare Complex 4318 E Army Post Rd   Des Moines, IA 50320
Main Hospital - 515-262-6111 Cat Hospital - 515-262-9222 For Pet Resort | Grooming | Doggie  Daycare Phone 515-262-7297 Toll Free - 800-339-4873