El Port Veterinarios warns us of Lyme disease which is a bacterial infection that can affect humans, dogs, cats, and other mammals transmitted by ticks.
Its primary carrier is the tick (Ixodes) which often feeds on rodents in its early stages. Later, the tick may attach to a dog or human and transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Clinical signs include depression, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite and fever, as well as lameness and joint pain, and joint swelling. Kidney failure can also be a consequence of Lyme disease.
As you can see, it is not something we should take lightly thus the staff of El Port Veterinarios has left us today with an F&Q to clear up any concerns regarding this condition and thus know how to act if we believe that our pet has it.
What should I do if I think my pet has Lyme disease?
Take the pet to a veterinarian who can diagnose the disease by physical examination, blood tests, and possibly x-rays.
How is Lyme disease treated?
Canine Lyme disease is usually treated effectively with antibiotics. With proper treatment, symptoms begin to subside quickly and your pet’s physical condition should begin to improve within a few days.
How to prevent tick infestation?
Many of the same products on the market that treat fleas also kill ticks and protect against infestation.
Currently, in addition to these topical treatments or collars, there are oral treatments that protect for 3 weeks and are especially recommended for pets living in areas with high tick populations.
The key to any successful tick control program literally lies in controlling the environment. Ensure a tick-free lawn by regularly mowing the lawn, removing tall weeds, etc.. and of course, talking to your veterinarian will help you select the best product for your pet.
If you have any questions on this or any other topic to help keep our pets healthy, don’t hesitate to contact them.
El Port Veterinary Clinic
Calle La Mar, 159, Altea – 03590 (Alicante)
Phone: +34 966 880 612