Is Lyme disease serious in dogs?
Unfortunately, it can be serious. Dogs can become very poorly as Lyme disease can affect the kidneys, heart and nervous system in some cases. Sadly, the disease can even be fatal in dogs if they’re not treated in time. So, getting the right treatment early as soon as any signs are visible is really important.
What are the symptoms?
The tricky thing about Lyme disease is it can be hard to diagnose because there are many different symptoms and it affects individual pets in different ways. Some dogs won’t show many signs, while others will be debilitated.
Dogs can also show signs of infection up to four weeks after being bitten by an infected tick – the bacteria can remain in the pet’s skin for some time before working into the body. But there are signs to look out for. And if your dog shows any of these, it’s best to get them checked out by the vet right away.
Keep an eye out for the following:
- seeming off-colour and not their usual selves (this is an early sign)
- lameness in one or more legs
- swollen or enlarged lymph nodes
- reluctance to eat or reduced appetite
- tiredness and low energy
How can I protect my dog against Lyme disease?
It’s better to prevent a problem from occurring than to solve it. So here are some easy steps pet parents can take to help keep our lovely dogs safer from Lyme disease.
Regularly check dogs for ticks
Remove ticks safely as soon as possible
Don’t squeeze, pierce or burn a tick as this increases the chance of them passing on an infection to your pet. Instead, gently twist out the tick in one direction using a specialist tick remover tool. Wear gloves as people can get Lyme disease too. Put the tick in a plastic bag, seal it and dispose of it in an outdoor bin or send it to Public Health England as part of their Tick Surveillance Scheme.
Use a tick treatment
Treating our dogs regularly at the correct interval gives them the best chance of staying protected against ticks. Check whether your flea treatment also kills ticks – not all do, but FRONTLINE® flea and tick treatments kill both parasites. FRONTLINE TRI-ACT® for dogs kills new ticks within 6 hours and also repels them, which helps to prevent them from biting your dog in the first place.
Take your dog’s parasite protection to the next level
FRONTLINE TRI-ACT® has a unique formula that kills faster1 and repels more2 disease-carrying parasites than the next leading competitor brand.
1 Compared to next leading non-prescription competitor brand and when used monthly.
2 Compared to next leading non-prescription competitor brand with repellent activity.
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