May is Lyme disease awareness month. Did you know that Lyme disease can be prevented, it is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is caught by humans and animals) and is transmitted by ticks?
There are different ways to prevent Lyme disease in your pet and yourself. Here are few recommendations for preventing Lyme disease in your pet:
- Check for ticks daily after your pet spends time outside.
- If you find any ticks on your pet properly remove them right away.
- Talk to your veterinarian about proper tick prevention.
- Talk to your veterinarian about the Lyme disease vaccine to see if vaccination is recommended for your pet.
- When possible prevent your pet from going into tall grasses, marshes, and heavily wooded areas.
It can take 24-48 hours for a tick that is carrying Lyme disease to transmit the disease to your pet. This is why quick removal is so important. However, it can take a pet infected with Lyme disease 2-5 months before they begin to show symptoms. Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Loss of appetite
- Joint swelling
- Decreased activity
If you have any questions about Lyme disease prevention, vaccination, tick removal or you think your pet may have contracted Lyme disease please call to schedule an appointment today.