Experts are warning that this could be a year to see increased disease-carrying bugs. Lyme disease is the most common vector borne disease in the United States. Yes, it’s estimated that 476,000 people are diagnosed each year, but dogs are also at risk for Lyme disease. If left untreated, dogs with Lyme disease can experience heart complications, joint disease, and nervous system damage.
The good news is that most dogs exposed to Lyme disease are able to fight off the infection themselves. The most common clinical signs associated with Lyme disease infection include mild fever, low motivation, mild lymph node enlargement, joint swelling and limping. Rarely dogs can develop a serious form of kidney disease that results in increased drinking, urinating, and decreased appetite.
Words to the wise: Inspect your dog after walks if you walk through woods and grassy settings. When you see Ticks, remove them immediately. Lastly, there is a vaccination to get your dog from getting Lyme disease; however, the vaccine may not be appropriate for some dogs. Discuss the vaccine with your veterinarian to know your options.