Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that was first found in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975 and in dogs in 1984. The Lyme disease bacterium is picked up by your dog from a deer tick. Deer ticks live on white-tailed deer and mice in the great outdoors. They are small so they are hard to see, especially in a dog’s coat. A dog’s greatest chance of becoming infected is from May to September, when the ticks are most active, but transmission can also occur other times. If you live in the northeast, or mid-Atlantic, north-central, and Pacific coast of the United States you have a 40% chance of getting Lyme disease. Not all ticks carry the disease, but you do not know if you find on Doggie.
Although many dogs get infected with the Lyme only a few develop Lyme disease. Typical infection will show up as swollen joints, lameness, and muscle pain. However, the disease can also cause fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy, which can make infection difficult to diagnose. If Lyme disease is undiagnosed or untreated, permanent damager to the joints can occur, and it could can spread to the heart and kidneys. Infected dogs should be treated with appropriate antibiotics as soon as possible.
Prevention of Lyme disease requires two-pronged attack. Vaccines are available to protect your dogs from infection. The vaccine is unique because it actually kills the bacteria of the tick before it ever gets a chance to enter Doggie.However, as with all vaccinations, there may be side effects, so discuss the pros and cons of vaccination with your vet. Vaccination probably is a good idea for your dogs who live in areas where Lyme disease is more common and for dogs who are frequently outdoors.
I remember going fishing on the beaches of Long Island for many years and when I got back home at night I checked my entire body and that of Doggie for ticks including the scalp and private parts. Be careful to check if you go out for walks in area where deer may roam. Mice are everywhere so again tick may be present.
Drinking DoggieWater does not stop Lyme disease, but it may help joints and digestion of Doggie!