Lyme disease is also known as borreliosis. It is produced by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted by tick’s bites. For the disease to be transmitted by the tick to a dog, it must be attached for 48 hours. It may take several weeks for the disease to manifest itself in the dog after exposure. The disease affects joint, muscle and heart tissues.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Different clinical syndromes have been seen in domestic animals, including limb and joint disease and neurologic, cardiac, and renal abnormalities. Lameness, fever, anorexia, lethargy and lymphadenopathy with or without swollen, painful joint are the most common syndrome.
Renal syndrome is characterized by uremia, hyperphosphatemia and severe protein- losing
Treatment includes the use of antibiotics as Clavamox Tablets or Doxycyclinefor a period of 14 to 30 days. Sometimes the organism is not cleared from the system even after 30 days and a relapse will occur after the medication is discontinued. Some dogs never completely rid themselves of the organism despite treatment but never show any further signs of the disease either.
Prevention of Lyme Disease
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is eliminating ticks on your dog. A monthly spot on product will be enough for that purpose. Frontline Plus Dog, K9 Advantix and Revolution for Dogs will prevent infestation by ticks.
The use of repellents as Adams Flea & Tick Mistwill also prevent infestation of ticks, fleas, lice, gnats, mosquitoes, and flies.
If you are going to use more than one of these products, read the label or consul your veterinarian.